Suspect Shot by CHP Officer After Chase Saturday Expected to Survive

July 1, 2014 10:00 am · 27 comments

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.


Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 1, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I hope this doesnt prevent us from embracing our Section 8 community, and the rich diversity they bring us.

mutts July 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

He’ll probably file a lawsuit.

Country Girl July 1, 2014 at 11:41 AM

@Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire I really Doubt if you are any of the above..

Cat Wrangler July 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

God bless and protect our heroes with the CHP, Sheriff and local police. They put their lives on the line each and every day to keep the rest of us safe. What kind of a community would we have if they weren’t there on the front lines?

The shooting poses these questions:

1) What kind of a creep puts a 7 year old in the car with him to go do crimes?
2) What kind of a creep then sends the 7 year old into the dark to ram a police car and threaten the lives of police?
3) Why didn’t the creep surrender immediately to authorities to keep the child safe and to stop the escalation of events?
4) When will we as a society stop accepting and endorsing the gangsta-style lifestyle in film. Music and Facebook?

Clearly, the officer was right to shoot to defend himself and protect others.

Idiocracy July 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

lol #1
Geez #3 why assume negatively?
This guy is what we call a LOSER period. Lock him up with the other losers who thought they were so smart and tough that they were above the rest of us and our laws

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

@CountryGirl,#3: some people have difficulty with intellectual honesty. Intellectual honesty allows one to see beyond the dishonesty of political correctness.

anonanonagain July 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

What a dirtbag. How sad for that child , I’m assuming that the child is this lowlifes. I never understand why women breed with such scum and think that these men make good fathers. Unless she is on drugs too. Sad world we live in…….

@ Cat Wrangler... July 1, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I have an opinion, just an opinion mind you but I think it makes sense. Some young men are attracted to the “gangsta” thug life because they are highly insecure and think the only way to get through life is to “bluff” your way through. Using your brain is viewed as weak and therefore these boys start dropping out of classes and school. Academic pursuits are also viewed as weak and these young men set themselves up for a very bleak future with very little opportunity. Broken homes, poverty and sometimes drug use follow. They have about as much chance of being a rapper and earning $$$ as being abducted by aliens……

Cathy M. July 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

This is such good news Mayor! We need more stories like this. Hopefully this person can settle down and have a long, relaxing life with the money he gets from his settlement.

Mr. Moses July 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM


Country Girl July 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Maybe I totally misunderstood #1 calling the area of the incident a section 8 community which it is not! If so I apologize

PHILTHYphresh July 1, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Mayhaps he was a white homeowner, so lets not forget to embrace our non section 8 residents and the rich diversity they offer us, you know with the drug using, high speed evading, consealed firearm carrying, child endangering and molesting, and crystal meth producing fellows we all grown to love. Rejoyce.

Elwood July 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Pohlees Brootalutee!

Of course the poor victimized darling will sue and he’ll be represented by Attorney Burrass, defender of the defenseless.

Multi-million dollar awards will be shared by them.

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 1, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Dats Racissss!!!

Pessimist July 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Too bad the firefighter paramedics and ambulance are so good at saving lives in this county

Anonymous July 1, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Too bad John Muir has to treat these losers.

Anonymous July 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I know both the son and father who had been extremely depressed due to a separation from his wife, the economy having lost his job right after buying a new home for his family. Not that this is an excuse but the man is human and we all handle stress differently but their is no way that this man could have had his hand on his waist getting out of the pictured car that he knock the complete front off and ran into a telephone pole come on he had to be disoriented he is now conscious and states that he got out of the car in extreme pain hollering that he surrendered and the police shot him. anyway. Even though running from the police for an expired tag and not having a license he was not a convicted felon nor did he have an lengthy police record, an DUI at 18 year old and a couple of traffic infractions. Come on it took the officer to shoot him five times once in the groin area would have stopped anyone but he was shot twice in the groin, once in his left side piercing his liver, once in his thigh severing a main artery, and once in the heel of his foot. Just one of these shots would have enable him from moving. He let son out of the car in front of the police providing them with a number to call his family. This may not have been the smartest decision but maybe it was God that had the child out of the car because this officer seemed over zealous to shot a person while they were on the ground he would have also shot an Hispanic child. The man suffered from severe depression had worked for a law firm for 6 years does this make him a loser, a thug etc. #get your life Judgment is God’s job this could have been your son, brother or father be careful because God despises arrogance and has a way of humbling those who don’t get

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

@Anonymous,#17: Regardless of his unpleasant circumstances, your friend is a dangerous fool. And as his official enabler, you arent far behind.

Bernitta Domino July 3, 2014 at 2:13 AM

@ # 18 Please state facts speaking on something you don’t know all of the facts is ignorant I am a well educated person who can recognize someone who is not. Am an enabler because Wow sounds like you learned a new term Is Hitler your hero?

Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 3, 2014 at 3:24 PM

@Bernitta Domino,#19: yes, you certainly come across as well educated.

Cowellian July 3, 2014 at 5:25 PM

This thug’s groupies have started to arrive. Apparently, none of them speak English, at least, not coherently.

NotPC July 3, 2014 at 5:42 PM

He will blow his court winnings on crack and ho’s. Then do it again for another payday. I’m glad I’m leaving the PDRC.

Anonymous July 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Facts: He did not ram into a police car, He did have his 7 year old son to get out of the to go back inside a friends house that they were leaving, yes if he was doing anything illegal he would be wrong to have a child with him, the officer’s did throw out tack strips to burst the tires, the driver no longer had control of the car and ran into a parked car and a pole, the driver was disoriented from he severe accident, he got out of the car to surrender with his arms up, the officer never saw a weapon but started shooting immediately, the officer’s continued to physically hit the suspect in his head while he was on the ground, the officer’s stripped the suspect naked with blood dripping all over the ground from the 5 bullet shots, he was shot 3 times in the groin area, once in his side piercing his liver, and once in his thigh damaging a main artery, suspect had to have 2 blood transfusions. Did he really deserve all of this when it was unknown if he had committed any crime other than speeding? If you were an eye witness to this case please call 925-300-8812.

Cowellian July 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Well, if anonymous says so on the Internet, it must be true.

Heh, heh, heh!

Cat Wrangler July 4, 2014 at 8:07 PM

@ #8 – Interesting idea. Sad that more parents don’t show by their own actions and choices that education and self-discipline wins over violence, drugs and shallow lifestyles.

It would be nice, too, if role models in our society were really worth emulating because of their self-discipline, hardwork ethic and efforts to make a positive difference rather than how they party and thug with their ill-gotten gains.

Cat Wrangler July 4, 2014 at 8:15 PM

@anon #23 – Driving around with a young child at night with a gun and drugs in the car isn’t illegal? It isn’t just illegal it is so devoid of any moral fiber that even resembles a responsible adult model for a child.

Dr. Jellyfinger® July 4, 2014 at 9:53 PM

Why did the baby have a gun& drugs?

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