BERKELEY (CBS SF) – Berkeley police officers have ended their search in the area of Aquatic Park for an auto burglary suspect who allegedly tried to run down a Richmond officer with a car early Tuesday morning, prompting the officer to fire multiple rounds in self-defense, authorities said.
Berkeley police said they received a call at 12:19 p.m. from a community member about a suspicious vehicle that possibly was involved in the Richmond incident.
The suspect’s vehicle, described by Richmond police as a sliver Mercedes Benz, was found abandoned in the area of Channing Way and Fourth streets by officers who responded to the call, police said.
The driver of that vehicle was seen running northwest on Channing Way toward Aquatic Park, which is just east of Interstate Highway 80, according to police.
A witness described the suspect as a black man in his 20s or 30s who is wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, police said.
Numerous Berkeley officers searched the area for the driver but Berkeley police said at about 3:30 p.m. that the search in that area has concluded and the suspect remains at large.
They said community members who live or work in the search area who saw something suspicious should call (510) 981-5900.
Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said that at about 1:10 a.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a call about a man breaking into a truck on Sutter Avenue.
When the first officer arrived at the scene, the suspect took off running and the officer gave chase but lost sight of him on Carlson Boulevard, Tan said.
A second officer arrived a short time later and began looking for the suspect on foot.
The silver Mercedes then darted out at the officer with no headlights on and tried to run him over, Tan said.
“The second officer then, feeling that he was going to be run over and killed, he shoots at the driver in hopes of stopping the car,” Tan said.
Police do not yet know if the shots hit the driver, Tan said.
The suspect continued driving north on Carlson Boulevard, police said.
The Mercedes-Benz was described as an early 2000s model silver four-door sedan, according to Tan.
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