A man who was shot by a California Highway Patrol officer near Martinez on Saturday night is expected to survive and an investigation into the shooting is underway, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman said today.
CHP officers were pursuing a driver in the Pacheco area around 9:30 p.m. Saturday when the suspect let a 7-year-old child out of the car, then rammed a CHP patrol car and attempted to hit a Martinez police vehicle, according to sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee.
The child was later found safe, Lee said.
The chase came to an end when the suspect crashed into a telephone pole and a parked car on Pacheco Boulevard near Falling Star Drive.
After the suspect exited the car with his hands in his waistband and refused to comply with demands, a CHP officer feared for his life and shot him, Lee said.
The suspect was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek to be treated for wounds that were not considered life-threatening. An update on his condition was not immediately available this morning.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The sheriff’s office declined to identify the suspect, who is 29 years old.
Lee said investigators found the suspect in possession of drugs and a gun in his car.
The sheriff’s office, CHP and Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office investigators are looking into the case, following standard protocol in the event of an officer-involved shooting.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 925-313-2600.