Robert Caron, the man shot and killed by officers on Oak Street this morning, had been acting irrationally and fired on police with a .38-caliber handgun before he was struck down, according to San Mateo police.
"The suspect pointed a handgun directly at the officers and fired upon them," said San Mateo police Chief Susan Manheimer, speaking during a press conference at police headquarters. "Officers returned fire as the suspect fled to his backyard. An officer encountered the armed suspect and fired one shot, striking the suspect and ending the immediate threat.”
Police said Caron, 35, had been to the that morning and was upset over an issue regarding his medication. His mother told reporters that he was schizophrenic, and Renado McGlown, a longtime friend of Caron's, told Patch that "he was on a lot of medication."
McGlown said he had spoken to Caron only an hour or two before the shooting, and couldn't understand how such a tragedy had occurred given his friend's upbeat mood.
“He was in a good mood" when they talked on the phone between 8:30 and 9 a.m., McGlown said. "He wasn’t suicidal at all when I talked to him, he was in a good mood and we were talking about him coming down to my place.”
Not long after that call, between 10:30 and 11 a.m. on the 1500 block of Oak Street, Caron was shot and killed by officers.
McGlown had said that Caron possessed a number of "realistic-looking" BB guns, and wondered if police had mistaken one of those for a real gun. But McGlown also acknowledged that "He has a licensed handgun, and he keeps it in a lockbox on top of his safe." Police say they have recoved a .38 Smith & Wesson from the scene.
“I know the guy when he’s down and out, and his mindframe wasn’t there” Monday morning, said McGlown, a 32-year-old San Mateo native who now lives in the Sacramento area.
Although police said Caron has a history of threatening officers, McGlown disputed that claim, saying his friend "had no problem with police. He used to be a security guard.”
The shooting occurred only two blocks from , but police secured the area immediately afterward and no lockdown was put in place.
Belmont Patch editor Laura Dudnick contributed to this report.