RPD: officer fires shots at burglary suspect who tried to run him over


A Richmond police officer fired shots at an auto burglary suspect who tried to run him over early this morning, a police spokesman said.

At about 1:10 a.m., police were called about a man breaking into a truck in the 6100 block of Sutter Avenue, police Lt. Felix Tan said. An officer who responded attempted to make contact with a suspect, but the suspect ran off. The officer pursued but lost sight of him on Carlson Boulevard. A second officer arrived a short time later, got out of his marked patrol car and began looking for the suspect on foot.

“Then all of a sudden this silver Mercedes darts out at the officer with no headlights on and trying 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.”

It is not known if the suspect or car were hit. The suspect continued driving north on Carlson and remains at large. The officers involved were not injured.

The Mercedes-Benz is described as an early 2000s model silver four-door sedan and the suspect is described as a black man between 20 and 30 years old wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, according to Tan.

Bay City News contributed to this report