One of the men involved in a Saturday scuffle with Hayward police is in critical condition after being shot by two officers, police said Sunday.
The shooting happened Saturday evening after suspects in an allegedly stolen Mercedes led officers on a chase in Hayward just after 5 p.m.
Details were still murky late into Saturday evening and . According to onlookers and police, however, it appears that an officer was tailing an allegedly stolen Mercedes at about 5 p.m. when the patrol car and Mercedes coupe crashed near Tennyson Road and Interstate 880.
An officer was injured in the initial crash, but did not require medical assistance. In the immediate aftermath, it was unclear whether police fired their weapons causing the Mercedes to crash, or if the suspects attempted to strike the car and flee the area.
Police did not say whether either suspect had a gun.
"The suspect vehicle was reamming police vehicles and also hit an officer who was on foot in the area, knocking him down, and officers did discharge their firearm," said Tasha DeCosta with the Hayward Police Department.
Neighbor Jodi Zybul describes the chaotic scene.
"All I heard was the gunshots and a car," she said. "It sounded like a big muscle car revving its engine...I heard some screeching."
Officers did not release the age of the suspects, but neighbors say both men looked young.
"All of a sudden, I saw the guy running toward this direction and then being followed or chased by the policemen," said Francisco Intal of Hayward, who saw the scene unfold. "It's scary."
Hayward has been battling a spike in violent crime this year, putting both residents and police on high alert.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.