I-880 shooting victim identified

I-880 shooting victim identified

Ben Aguirre Jr

HAYWARD — The man who was killed by Hayward police Saturday after he reportedly shot and wounded an officer during a high-risk traffic stop on Interstate 880 has been identified as a Newark resident.

Thomas Wilson Reticker, 40, was identified Monday evening as the person who died in a hail of gunfire on the freeway near Industrial Boulevard, Hayward police said.

Reticker fired at least one round at Hayward Officer Carlos Martinez, a seven-year veteran of the force, hitting him in the torso, police Lt. Reid Lindblom said.

Martinez was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where he was treated and released Sunday.

Hayward officers pulled over Reticker’s Toyota truck about 3:15 p.m. when one of the officers learned it belonged to a man who was wanted on a felony warrant for a weapons violation, Lindblom said.

When the vehicle pulled to the shoulder of the freeway, the driver — identified later as Reticker — began firing at the Hayward officers, police said.

After being hit in a part of his body not covered by his bulletproof vest, Martinez fired back. It remained unclear Monday if his shot, or one from another officer, hit Reticker.

The incident closed northbound

I-880 for hours while Reticker’s body remained in the roadway among several spent shell casings. Dozens of cars — some of which had been hit in the crossfire — also remained at the scene for many hours. No one else was hurt, Lindblom said.

Reticker’s criminal background was not available Monday evening, but records show that he was seriously hurt in a 2005 motorcycle crash in Fremont.

On Oct. 17, 2005, Reticker suffered a broken arm and several cuts to his leg after he was thrown from his motorcycle when it collided with the rear of a Chevy Cavalier near the intersection of Washington and Fremont boulevards in the city’s Irvington District.

Saturday’s incident was at least the fourth officer-involved shooting by Hayward police in the past five years.

In October 2002, Lindblom, who was a sergeant at the time, was shot in the leg, hip and chest while trying to apprehend 29-year- old Jason Strickland, who also was wanted for a weapons violation.

Officers shot and killed Strickland — who was found hiding under a pile of clothing with two handguns — that evening after he opened fire on Lindblom.

Authorities at the time said the bulletproof vest that Lindblom was wearing saved his life.

In March 2005, officers shot and wounded Johnny Rodriguez, 41, who authorities said failed to yield to officers during a pursuit, then crashed his vehicle into two cars and almost ran over an officer attempting to arrest him.

And in August 2005, Hayward police killed 22-year-old Anthony Senter after police said he beat a man during a home-invasion robbery, fled in a vehicle and then ran a patrol car off the road. No officers were hurt in that case.

Contact staff writer Ben Aguirre Jr. at (510) 353-7011 or baguirre@angnewspapers.com.

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