The Antioch Police Department confirmed Wednesday evening that an officer was shot while they were in pursuit of a suspect that led police from Antioch into Pittsburg.
According to sources, the officer suffered a superficial wound after being shot, but was expected to be okay.
Although not many details were provided, Antioch Police Chief Allan Cantando did confirm an officer was shot and that he will be okay. He did not elaborate any further except saying the suspect is in custody.
According to radio traffic, multiple people were transported to a local hospital after a “medical emergency” at 6:12 pm at Loveridge and E. Leland Road.
As at least four people were injured and five ambulances were requested by Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
The intersection will be closed temporarily due to the ongoing investigation.
Update Per Antioch Police Press Release
On May 4, 2016 at about 1752 hours, Antioch Police were notified of a carjacking that took place in Bay Point. In that case, a victim reported to Contra Costa Sheriff’s deputies that a Hispanic male armed with a shotgun had just stolen his black BMW and was last seen heading eastbound towards Pittsburg/Antioch.
At about 1811 hours, an Antioch officer spotted a black BMW being driven by a Hispanic male in the area of W. 10th Street and Verne Roberts Circle. The suspect vehicle fled from the officer and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed the BMW at the intersection of E. Leland Road and Loveridge Road.
As officers approached, the suspect began shooting and struck one officer. Officers returned fire. The suspect was not hit but surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect is not being identified at this time.
The officer was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries and subsequently released. The officer is not being identified at this time.
This case is being jointly investigated along with the Contra Costa County DA’s Office, the Contra Costa Crime Lab, and Pittsburg PD.
No further information is being released at this time.