Oakland man meets police dog after firing off handgun in Richmond

23rd Street fight turns fatal

An Oakland man accused of firing off a handgun in plain view of a Richmond cop Wednesday night was reportedly chased down and captured by a police canine.

Around 8:45 p.m., police said, an officer in the area of A Street and Ripley Avenue saw the passenger of a passing car fire a gun into the air.

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver sped off, police spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said. The driver finally stopped the vehicle at the dead end near Nevin Avenue and B Street. While the driver and a female passenger surrendered, the man who was seen firing the handgun took off running, Abetkov said.

Police set up a perimeter in the area and sent out a police canine unit to search for the suspect, who was identified as 28-year-old Francisco Hernandez of Oakland. The police dog found Hernandez in a back yard and held him until officers apprehended him.

Hernandez was briefly hospitalized following the incident, which is standard protocol when there is contact between suspects and police dogs, Abetkov said. After his release from the hospital, Hernandez was booked into jail on charges of negligent discharge of a firearm, being in possession of a loaded firearm and resisting arrest.

The driver of the car, identified as 31-year-old Felix Dominguez of San Leandro, was booked into jail for evading police, Abetkov said, while the female passenger was questioned and released.