February 11, 2014 > Officer involved shooting
Officer involved shooting
Submitted By Sgt. Eric Melendez, Hayward PD
On the evening of Tuesday February 4, 2014 the Hayward Police Department responded to a multi unit apartment complex at 21000 block of Foothill Blvd at the request of an another police agency. The agency requested that we check on the welfare of female living in an apartment that had made several 911 calls to their dispatch center.
Two Hayward Police Officers arrived and made contact with the female. While speaking with the female at her apartment, she displayed a handgun in a threatening manner. Officers retreated to the parking lot of the complex while giving commands for the female to drop the weapon.
The female advanced towards the Officers and refused to obey Officers repeated commands for her to drop the weapon. When the female failed to drop her weapon, one officer fearing for his life and his fellow officerÕs life, fired his duty weapon at the female.
Emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene and the female was immediately transported to a local hospital. The female succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The Hayward Police Department Investigations Bureau will be conducting an investigation into the shooting in collaboration with the Alameda County District AttorneyÕs Office.
The name of the victim is Ariel Levy she was an unmarried 62 year old female who had lived with her adult son in the complex. Ms Levy had been distraught about the recent arrest of her son for narcotics and assault weapons violations by the Pleasanton Police Department. Hayward Police had assisted Pleasanton PD in stopping her son the week prior during which he was arrested. On the night of the shooting Ms Levy had contacted both agencies and stated she felt she had been mistreated by the police.
A search warrant was served on Ms LevyÕs apartment after the shooting. Investigators recovered a handwritten note by Ms Levy indicating that she wanted to end her life over her recent family problems.