One suspect in the East Bay on Wednesday remains at large following a deadly officer-involved shooting near the Cal State East Bay campus that began Tuesday when a driver rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car, according to Hayward police.
The chaotic manhunt began about 5:20 p.m. when Fremont police detectives spotted a car in Hayward that was believed to be connected to a slew of armed robberies in the East Bay city and across the Bay Area, Hayward police said.
When police approached the vehicle located at an apartment complex at 25200 Carlos Bee Blvd., the driver rammed the detectives' vehicle before fleeing the scene with three other people, according to Hayward police.
The Fremont detectives responded by firing at the car, striking one female inside, Hayward police said.
The car eventually crashed near the intersection of Campus Drive and Oaks Drive and one male passenger ditched the scene on foot, Hayward police said. Two other people inside the car, a man and a woman, were taken into custody. The man was arrested on robbery charges, and the woman was interviewed before being released.
The second female passenger, who was struck by gunfire, was treated at the scene by firefighters, but she later died at the hospital. Police said the victim is a 16-year-old girl from Antioch.
The two injured Fremont police detectives were treated and released from a nearby hospital, Hayward police said.
"There lot's of inate dangers with being a police officer," Hayward Police Department Sgt. Ryan Cantrell said. "We try to our best tactically to take down people and take people into custody as safely as we can. It's a dangerous job and there's officers that are shot and run over and hit by cars all over the country. It's just part of the job. It's what we sign up for. It's tragic."
Residents in the area are still in shock over the incident.
"I was watching TV and I heard four gunshots, and then I heard a car skid off," Hayward-resident Afua Adih said.
By late Tuesday night, two police forces, using a helicopter and SWAT teams, were still searching a neighborhood at Campus Drive and Second Street for the male suspect. Several officers could be seen walking the streets toting rifles.
The outstanding male suspect is described as being roughly 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build and short hair, according to Hayward police.
Campus Drive and Second Street were shut down during the search and investigation. Police were checking vehicles leaving the area and telling residents who want to get in to find somewhere else to stay. They said it was for their own safety.
University police issued a shelter-in-place order for University Village earlier Tuesday evening as police investigated the scene. The order was lifted about 90 minutes later.
University spokeswoman Natalie Seulner said students and staff at the nearby student housing village on Carlos Lee Boulevard were told to shelter-in-place a little after 6 p.m., per campus police instructions, but she did not provide details.
Police added that students on the Hayward campus were not at risk.
The Hayward Police Department, which has been named as the primary investigative agency for this case, is continuing to piece together details as of Wednesday afternoon. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is also conducting a parallel investigation.