Detectives Seeking to Identify Stolen SUV Driver Who Struck, Dragged Deputy (UPDATE)
(by Jeff Shuttleworth) – Alameda County sheriff’s detectives are continuing to seek and identify a suspect driving a stolen SUV who rammed a deputy near Hayward this morning, a sheriff’s spokesman said.
The deputy was on his Harley Davidson motorcycle doing radar speed enforcement in the area of Hathaway Avenue near West A Street and Interstate Highway 880 at about 9:40 a.m. today when he noticed a dark-colored 2003 GMC Yukon SUV speeding and tried to conduct a traffic enforcement stop, Sgt. Ray Kelly said.
The vehicle was occupied by a sole male driver, described as a man in his 20s.
The driver slowed and turned down a side street and eventually turned onto nearby Arbor Avenue, where he stopped about mid-block, Kelly said.
The motorcycle deputy was stopped, sitting on his motorcycle, when the suspect put his vehicle in reverse and rammed him, according to Kelly.
The deputy and his motorcycle were stuck to the rear bumper of the SUV as the suspect dragged them backwards in an attempt to run over the deputy, Kelly alleged.
However, the deputy was able to get off of his motorcycle and avoid being crushed and run over.
After dragging the motorcycle backward, the suspect was able to disconnect his bumper from the attached motorcycle, according to Kelly.
Instead of continuing to escape in reverse, the suspect put the SUV back in drive and drove at the deputy in a second attempt to run him over, Kelly said.
The deputy was able to draw his firearm and shoot several rounds into the windshield of the SUV in an attempt to save his own life, according to Kelly.
But the suspect was able to flee in the SUV, westbound onto A Street, Kelly said.
A few blocks away, on Royal Avenue, the suspect jumped out of the SUV and fled on foot into the surrounding area. Deputies located the vehicle and determined that it had been stolen from a nearby jurisdiction, Kelly said.
A large perimeter was established while deputies, officers from the Hayward Police Department and the California Highway Patrol, some of them using helicopters, drones and search dogs, looked for the suspect. Schools in the area were put on lockdown.
But after an extensive three-and-a-half hour search, officers were unable to locate the suspect and the perimeter was lifted.
Kelly said it isn’t known if the suspect was struck by the shots the deputy fired but the preliminary indication is that he didn’t suffer a significant gunshot injury, as there was no obvious sign of blood in the SUV
that he abandoned.
Kelly said the deputy suffered relatively minor injuries and was treated and released at a local hospital. He said the deputy will be on routine paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Kelly said detectives are continuing to try to identify the suspect and arrest him and will increase patrols in the area throughout the evening and overnight.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the sheriff’s office at (510) 667-7721.