A suspected car burglar was shot and critically injured by police at Pacific East Mall in Richmond Thursday afternoon.
The shooting occurred shortly after noon at the mall at 3288 Pierce St., Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said.
According to a preliminary investigation, Gagan said, Richmond police detectives were walking to get lunch in the mall parking lot when they spotted a 19-year-old Alameda County man allegedly burglarizing a vehicle.
They attempted to detain him but he fled on foot to an unoccupied vehicle with its engine running, Gagan said. One of the detectives reportedly went to the still-open driver’s side door while the other stood in front of the car. The suspect allegedly accelerated, prompting the officer in front of the car to open fire several times through the windshield, Gagan said.
The suspect was hit several times below the waist but managed to drive his vehicle about a mile before crashing into a fire hydrant and parked cars at 500 block of Cleveland Street in Albany.
He was then taken to a local trauma center, where he is in critical condition,.
The police detectives are being interviewed while the District Attorney’s Office and crime lab are conducting investigations, Gagan said.
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