Posted by on February 1, 2018
Categories: Bay Area

(by Jeff Shuttleworth) – Authorities are continuing to search for a suspect who rammed an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy with a stolen SUV near Hayward this morning, prompting the deputy to open fire at him, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The deputy stopped the SUV for speeding in the area of West A Street and Arbor Avenue at 9:41 a.m. and didn’t yet know the vehicle was stolen, sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

The driver put the SUV into reverse, pinning the deputy and his motorcycle to the back of the vehicle and dragging them for about 20 feet before the deputy was able to get off the motorcycle, Kelly said.

The suspect then turned the vehicle around and drove again at the deputy, who fired multiple shots at him, according to Kelly.

The suspect then drove away and eventually fled on foot from the vehicle in the area of West A Street and Royal Avenue. Deputies recovered the vehicle and there was no sign of trauma from a gunshot wound in it, Kelly

Deputies are working with Hayward police and the California Highway Patrol. They also have aircraft on the scene and an unmanned aerial vehicle drone team.

Law enforcement has set up a large perimeter and officers are preparing to go door-to-door in search of the suspect, who is described as a man in his 20s. They’re asking area residents to remain indoors and shelter in place.

“Our priority is taking the suspect safely into custody without further incident,” Kelly said.

The deputy suffered “relatively minor” injuries and was taken to a hospital for examination, Kelly said.