A man fleeing a traffic stop in Oakland was fatally wounded by gunfire Saturday night after he drove off with an Alameda County Sheriff's deputy inside his car just as the deputy was trying to arrest him, according to authorities.
Sheriff's deputies conducted a stop in the area of 33rd Avenue and San Leandro Street at about 9:40 p.m., according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, public information officer for the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.
The two people in the car had aroused suspicion by taking a long time to pull over, officials said.
“Usually means someone's trying to hide something,” Nelson said. “They could see the person ducking down. They could see movement in the car, they could see something was going on."
During the stop, deputies arrested the passenger of the car for drug possession, Nelson said. When deputies returned to the driver's side to arrest the driver, "things went sideways," he said.
Authorities said the deputy climbed into the passenger side of the car and tried to unhook the driver's seat belt after the driver refused to exit the car, and that's when the suspect sped off.
Responding deputies opened fire on the vehicle, hitting the driver multiple times. The driver then crashed into a pole and then a building.
The deputy was also struck in the foot by the gunfire, Nelson said. It was unclear Sunday whether the deputy was hit by shots from the driver or the authorities.
Both were transported to a hospital to be treated for their wounds. The deputy's injuries were not considered life-threatening, but the suspect was later pronounced dead at the hospital, the sergeant said.
The suspect's name had not been released.
Deputies say a gun was found on the floor board of the car, but there was no word on whether it was fired, and how the deputies foot was wounded.
The sheriff's office and Oakland police were investigating the shooting Sunday, according to Nelson.
The driver's passenger, who was already out of the car and under arrest for drug possession, was not injured.
The injured deputy, a 15-year veteran of the department, was released from the hospital Sunday night.
Oakland police are in charge of the investigation since it occurred in city limits.
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