SFPD: Suspect carjacks officer, leads police on Bay Bridge chase

TREASURE ISLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - A man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of carjacking a San Francisco police officer, and leading authorities on a wild pursuit on the Bay Bridge, police said.

During an afternoon news conference, police detailed how the chase unfolded.

Police say the suspect had a knife, and carjacked an officer in a marked police vehicle at Lyon & Chesnut Streets in the Marina District Saturday morning.

The suspect then drove the stolen police vehicle to the Glen Park neighborhood, and had several fenders benders, police said.

Officers tracked down the suspect to the onramp to San Francisco from Treasure Island. Another driver who just happened to be in the area, suffered minor injuries, when the suspect rear-ended him, police said.

Authorities say they they shot at the suspect, when he allegedly tried to run them over.

KTVU Fox 2 Crime Reporter Henry K. Lee first tweeted, "Chase of suspect by SFPD onto Treasure Island leads to OIS. "Get out of the way! Do not let him ram u! Shots fired!"

Lee then tweeted, "Shooting w/SFPD happened after suspect stole police SUV & led cops on chase to Treasure I. 'He looks like one of us.'" 

The suspect eventually got out of the vehicle and started to run on foot, police said.

He jumped from the upper deck of the Bay Bridge to the lower deck, according to authorities.

An officer chasing him, also made the estimated 40 foot leap, police said.

According to authorities, the suspect tried to carjack another driver, but officers stopped it, and eventually took the suspect into custody, police said.

Two officers, the suspect, and a bystander were injured during the chase.

A KTVU viewer driving on the bridge, took photos of the arrest.  He tweeted that the "SFPD blocking off the whole bay bridge with assault rifles pulled out."

Traffic on the Bay Bridge Saturday slowed to a crawl because of the police investigation into the chase, shooting and arrest.

It took some cars more than an hour to go from Oakland to San Francisco.

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