Hayward Police Officer Shoots Suspect After Liquor Store Scuffle

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — A Hayward police officer shot a suspect in the leg Sunday night after that suspect and another person fought with her outside a liquor store, an Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.

The officer was on patrol about 10 p.m. Sunday when she stopped to talk to two males standing outside a store at A and Princeton streets, along the border of Hayward and unincorporated Alameda County, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Nelson said the sheriff’s office is investigating the incident because it occurred in the unincorporated area.

He said he doesn’t know what drew the officer’s attention to the two males, an adult and a juvenile. However, Nelson said, after the officer approached the duo, the situation “deteriorated very rapidly” and the suspects fought with her.

The officer tried to use her Taser on the first suspect but it was ineffective, and the second suspect then came to the first suspect’s aid, Nelson said.

At one point, both were on top of the officer, Nelson said. They struck her in the head and attempted to take her gun, so the officer fired one shot and hit the adult suspect in the leg, he said.

Backup officers arrived at that point, and the two suspects were taken into custody, according to Nelson.

The man who was shot was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injury, which is not life-threatening, Nelson said.

The juvenile suspect was booked into Alameda County Juvenile Hall.

The officer suffered “abrasions and contusions consistent with a pretty significant fight,” Nelson said. She was treated for her injuries and later released.

The officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident, he said.

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