RICHMOND (KRON) — Police in Richmond have ended their search for a car burglary suspect who allegedly tried to run over an officer with a car early Tuesday morning.
Around 1:10 a.m. officers responded to a possible burglary call to the area of Carlson Blvd., Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.
When officers arrived, they tried approaching the suspect, but he ran off.
Police chased the suspect, who then got into a car, Tan said.
Then he drove at an officer in 4-door, silver-colored Mercedes-Benz with the lights off, and tried to run him over, according to Tan.
The suspect sped away and is still at large.
Police are unsure if the suspect was hit by the gunfire, but are monitoring nearby hospitals.
At around 12:19 p.m., the suspect’s car was found abandoned in Berkeley in the area of Channing Way and 4th Streets.
The driver of that car was seen running northwest towards Aquatic Park on Channing Way.
A witness described the suspect that fled the vehicle as a black male adult, 20s-30s, and wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.
No officers were injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as an African-American man in his 20’s-30’s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
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.
The investigation is ongoing.
Officers ask that if anyone sees a 4-door, silver-colored Mercedes, early 2000’s model with bullet holes, to call 911.
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.
— Will Tran (@KRON4WTran) March 7, 2017