Oakland police still looking for man who rammed police cruiser

OAKLAND (BCN) — Oakland police are continuing to search for a man who allegedly rammed his car into a police cruiser Thursday evening and is believed to be armed and dangerous, an Oakland police officer said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 3400 block of Market Street saw a man wanted on an outstanding $100,000 arrest warrant for burglary, Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said.

The man was on foot when the officer pulled his patrol cruiser to the curb to stop and arrest him, Watson said.

The man ran to a nearby vehicle and then drove at the officer’s cruiser, according to Watson. Watson said the officer could see the man had a handgun in his possession.

“The officer was not injured because when he saw the suspect driving in his direction, the officer got back into the patrol vehicle, which protected him from being struck,” Watson said.

The suspect drove to the 3300 block of Dimond Avenue, where the suspect parked his car behind an apartment building in an open carport area.

California Highway Patrol officers overheard the radio traffic related to the pursuit and were able to direct CHP and Oakland police patrol cars to the area, Watson said.

The suspect’s vehicle has tinted windows, which Watson said made it difficult for officers to determine if he was still inside.

Police called a canine unit to the scene and then used beanbag rounds in an attempt to break the windows of the car, Watson said.

When the beanbag rounds failed to break the windows because the window tint adds a layer of shatter resistance, Watson said officers used a long metal pipe to break the windows.

Officers were then able to determine the man was not in the vehicle and continued to search for him with the assistance of CHP air and ground units, Watson said.

As of around 9 p.m., the suspect had not yet been located but Watson said officers were still actively searching for him.

Police consider the man armed and dangerous, Watson said.

She said police are not releasing his identity at this time.

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