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Officer, Suspect Injured in Exchange of Gunfire in Pittsburg: Police



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    File image of an officer-involved shooting in Pittsburg. (Aug. 5, 2015)

    A Pittsburg police officer and an attempted murder suspect were injured in an exchange of gunfire in Pittsburg Wednesday morning, according to police.

    Both the officer, a 24-year veteran of the Pittsburg Police Department, and the suspect, a 49-year-old Bay Point man suspected of trying to kill his wife in Concord Tuesday night, are expected to survive their injuries, police said.

    The officer spotted the suspect in the 500 block of East 12th Street at about 11 a.m., according to Pittsburg police. When the suspect spotted the officer, he took off running.

    The suspect ran west onto Harbor Street and the officer lost sight of him momentarily. But he remained waiting for the officer to turn the corner and ambushed him, according to Pittsburg police.

    The man opened fire on the officer, hitting him in the leg, police said. The officer returned fire and hit the suspect multiple times.

    Both the officer and the suspect were taken to a hospital for treatment. The officer was treated and released and the suspect is expected to survive his injuries, according to Pittsburg police.

    Concord police Cpl. Christopher Blakely said the suspect was wanted for allegedly trying to shoot his wife in the 3500 block of Willow Pass Road at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

    When he pulled the trigger, the gun jammed, Blakely said.

    The shooting is being investigated by Pittsburg police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office. Concord police are investigating Tuesday evening's attempted murder.

    Neither the suspect nor officer were identified late Wednesday

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