Calif. quarry shooting suspect killed by deputies

October 7, 2011 • National News

A Sheriff’s deputy backs up a team entering a home in Sunnyvale, Calif., where a man matching the description of suspected gunman Shareef Allman was found and shot on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Shareef was the focus of a huge manhunt after an alleged shooting at a Cupertino cement plant early yesterday morning where three people were killed and seven wounded. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Gary Reyes)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — A man described as a disgruntled employee who opened fire on his co-workers at a California limestone quarry was shot and killed by deputies Thursday, bringing an end to a heavily armed manhunt in Silicon Valley.

Three deputies on routine patrol in a Sunnyvale neighborhood encountered the man, identified by coroner’s officials, as Shareef Allman, around 7:30 a.m., Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said. He was crouched behind a vehicle in the driveway of a home.

The deputies opened fire after the man “displayed in a threatening manner his firearm,” Smith said.

Thursday’s shooting took place in a residential area about 5 miles east of the Lehigh Southwest Cement Permanente Plant in Cupertino, where Allman allegedly opened fire during a routine safety meeting on Wednesday. Three people died and six were wounded.

Authorities believe Allman also shot a woman in an attempted carjacking a couple of hours after fleeing the quarry.

The ensuing manhunt in Cupertino, home of Apple Inc., and in nearby communities took place as Silicon Valley began to mourn the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. News of Jobs’ death came later Wednesday after authorities had started going door to door with guns drawn and as residents had been warned to stay indoors.

Allman was positively identified through the use of fingerprints late Thursday, said Norma Login to read more

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