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UC Berkeley officer on leave kills man who attempted to rob burger restaurant at gunpoint

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Deputies investigate the death of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty UC Berkeley officer who was dining inside the Nation’s Giant Hamburgers on Sunday when a man entered and attempted to rob the place at gunpoint.

As a result, customers were turned away from the restaurant on Avenida San Pablo in San Pablo on Sunday evening because of what happened earlier in the day.

“A man came in, had a gun and pointed it at us,” said the restaurant cashier. “I can’t really describe how I feel after this, just shaken up.”

KTVU protects the identity of the restaurant cashier. She said a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt entered the burger restaurant around 11:30 a.m.

He then told her to open the cash register. As she looked down, she saw that he was holding a gun and feared for his life.

“I was talking to her,” said the cashier. “He was talking to me. If someone were to get shot, I would have been the first to get shot.”

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Coincidentally, she said a customer was eating at the back of the restaurant. Turns out it was a UC Berkeley police sergeant, who was not on time.

“He yelled at her to drop his gun,” the cashier said. “I ran and all I heard was a gunshot. I don’t know how many gunshots I just heard.”

The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he died. The sheriff’s office identified him as Amanuel Moreno, 29, of Richmond.

“I would just donate the money because I enjoy my life more,” said Ram Umali, employee of the Valero gas station.

Umali said moments before the flight, the station’s camera captured a man in a hoodie walking from Tara Hills Road and entering the restaurant. Three minutes later, another man runs out to his parked car. Then the police arrive.

“It’s shocking because I’ve been working here for a long time now and it’s like one of the first times I hear a burglary,” Umali said. “It’s scary right now.”

He thinks the officer did the right thing.

The restaurant supervisor said she was shocked for her employees, at least three inside at the time. The company offers advice.

The cashier is grateful for the agent’s actions.

“I’m just going to say thank you because he was there,” the cashier said. “He didn’t know if he was going to get shot. He didn’t know if he could have died then. He just wanted to protect us.”

Azenith Smith is a reporter for KTVU. Email Azenith at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AzenithKTVU or Facebook or ktvu.com.