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Gunman Escapes After Shooting At Undercover San Leandro Police Officer

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SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) – A man who opened fire at a San Leandro police officer Wednesday during an undercover drug investigation evaded police after a lengthy, dangerous chase.

The chase began when an undercover officer staking out a residential area around Anza Way and Aloha Drive tried to follow a suspicious vehicle at about 9:20 p.m.

San Leandro Police Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor said the dark-colored Acura made a U-turn and headed directly for the unmarked police car.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“As the vehicles passed, our suspect produced a handgun out the driver’s window, fired multiple rounds from a distance of approximately 6 feet, striking the vehicle the sergeant was in,” Tudor said.

The police officer was not hit by the gunfire or injured.

Tudor said the suspect took off onto Interstate 880, and drove more than 100 mph as officers pursued him onto Highway 238, and I-580. Police eventually lost the vehicle on Highway 13.

“Our sergeant was extremely fortunate today. I’m just glad that he didn’t get hurt, because he proudly serves the San Leandro community and he’s a very well respected member of this department,” Tudor said.

His name has not been released, but investigators are combing through his shot-up vehicle for evidence.

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