One San Leandro police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave following his involvement in a shooting early Sunday morning, according to police Lt. Robert McManus.
According to police Lt. Robert McManus, a veteran, uniformed patrol officer tried to stop a vehicle for reckless driving around 4:30 a.m. just outside the Trailer Haven mobile home park in the 13600 block of E. 14th Street.
When the driver failed to stop, a high-speed pursuit ensued for about two miles, into a residential neighborhood, McManus said.
The pursuit ended on Woodland Park, a cul-de-sac, near Woodland Avenue.
McManus said that at this point in the pursuit, the suspect turned his car around and rammed the front end of the police vehicle causing moderate damage.
The officer fired at the suspect driver in self-defense, but the driver was able to leave the scene, according to McManus.
Additional responding officers attempted to pursue the fleeing vehicle, but McManus said it was going too fast and the suspect was not captured.
"We would call him armed and dangerous because of the fact he actually intentionally rammed the front end of a police car," McManus said.
The suspect remains at-large, and detectives are now investigating this incident.
It is not known whether the suspect was hit by the gunfire.
Some neighbors said they were shaken up by the incident.
"It's kinda nerve racking a little bit, but first thing that's happened in this area for awhile," Darry Villalobos said. "We haven't really had shootings. That's kinda scary."
As per department policy, the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave for up to three days.
The officer was not injured.
Anyone with information about this suspect, his vehicle or whereabouts is asked to call San Leandro police at (510) 577-2740. Anonymous tips can be left at (510) 577-3278.