Soledad Police Officer Shoots Suspect Fleeing In Car After Fighting Off Arrest

SOLEDAD (CBS SF) — An officer shot a 37-year-old parolee after the suspect allegedly led a chase through a Soledad neighborhood and attempted to flee in a car Tuesday night, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Walter Ancheta was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and battery on a police officer, Chief Assistant District Attorney Berkley Brannon said.

Around 10:30 p.m., the officer stopped Ancheta’s car in the 700 block of Granada Street, Brannon said.

The suspect quickly fled the vehicle and led the officer on a chase through the neighborhood, where he ran over fences and through yards, according to Brannon.

The pursuit ended back near the suspect’s vehicle, where Ancheta allegedly fought with the officer who was trying to arrest him. Ancheta allegedly threw the officer down to the ground and attempted to drive away, according to Brannon.

The officer quickly fired three shots at the suspect, one of which went through the suspect vehicle’s front windshield, and he was apprehended at the scene, Brannon said.

A bullet grazed Ancheta’s cheek and went into his shoulder, according to Brannon.

He didn’t know the severity of the suspect’s or officer’s injuries.

Ancheta was on parole but Brannon couldn’t release further details on the suspect’s criminal history.



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