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San Leandro Police Kill Car Theft Suspect After Chase

OAKLAND (CBS/BCN/AP) – Authorities said a San Leandro police officer fatally shot a woman after a car chase that ended in a crash in Oakland.

At about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, two San Leandro police officers on patrol in the 600 block of MacArthur Boulevard spotted a car that had been reported stolen hours earlier, police said.

KCBS’ Chris Filippi Reports:

The driver of the car accelerated away from the officers, and they chased the vehicle into Oakland, where it crashed in the 10900 block of Bancroft Avenue.

While attempting to arrest the car’s driver and passenger, one of the San Leandro officers opened fire to protect the other officer’s life, according to police.

Police at the scene gave medical aid to the wounded woman, who later died at a hospital. The woman’s identity is not yet being released by the Alameda County coroner’s bureau.

The second suspect, also yet to be named, was taken into custody after a brief struggle, police said.

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

Police have not yet released additional details about the confrontation.

Oakland police homicide investigators were called to the scene because the shooting happened within Oakland city limits, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office also responded.

San Leandro police are conducting an administrative investigation.

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  • JC

    uh oh, better hope she wasn’t black or Oakland will burn!!

  • Shannon Green

    The offiicer believed he was going to be ran over, I guess the only way to know that is when the car is moving toward you, you think. Another senseless killing by officers again.

    • RN

      Yeah it made perfect sense for the criminals to steal some had working persons car and run from the police endangering other lives. Make sure and join the terrorists when they riot in Oakland.

  • Suite D

    Don’t do something STUPID like break the law and steer a 4k pound vehicle towards police…and you won’t get shot!! If you did NOTHING wrong, then you have NOTHING to fear…if it gets ugly, you get to sue the pants off them! One more example of dumb people doing even dumber things!!

  • Nudge

    Thank you to the police officer who took this piece of trash off this planet. We need more of this….. Sounds cruel but the reality is the leaches in society are breeding like a fungus and is the root of our problems in the US.

    Build the prisons 100 story high and stuff them with criminals.. we’ve tried dumping boatloads of money into the welfare programs to help these people get on their feet… Now it’s time for something new.

  • Misha

    The story is lacking. Why is it written in such a way to make the police look bad? If she was steering the car towards the cops, and got shot doing so, then it would show what happened. The police thought that she was going to run him over. So she got what she deserved.

  • Dawg

    Too bad they didn’t kill the passenger too.

  • JMasters


    Bang Bang
    Good guys = Heros
    Bad Guys = Dead

    People like that are always leaving a victim in their wake… AND. Normally have a record already or will.. Happy the world is safer.

  • ShutUp

    Serves her right. I hope she learned her lesson.

  • Wild Angel

    Good old fashioned police work, shoot first, ask questions later. Good job SLPD.

  • Newt

    Women are dangerous……

  • rick

    u guys are idiots. maybe if your kid does something dumb and senselessly gets shot and killed by a cop you’ll have more compassion. they didn’t have to kill her.

  • rick

    maybe when your kid does something dumb and is gunned down by cops you’ll have more compassion. they didn’t have to kill her.

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