Suspect in Castro District police shootout convicted of attempted murder, assault

A man injured in a Halloween night shootout with police in the Castro District last year was convicted by a jury Monday of attempted murder and assault, among other charges, according to prosecutors.

Sesar Valadez, a 35-year-old Hayward resident, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, two counts of assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm and one count each of discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and discharging a firearm with gross negligence.

Gunfire erupted just after midnight on Nov. 1 after a resident flagged down two foot patrol officers in the area of 18th and Diamond streets to point out a suspicious vehicle, who he thought might be breaking into cars.

When the officers approached, police and prosecutors said the man, later identified as Valadez, opened fire, striking Officer Shawn Kai Hintzen and then exchanging shots with Officer Samuel Fung, who eventually hit him in the pelvic area.

Hintzen was struck in the chest in an area protected by his bulletproof vest and in the hand and stomach, and spent more than three weeks in the hospital.

Police said later that the vehicle Valadez was found in had been reported stolen out of
Hayward.

Valadez will be sentenced on January 18.

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