Antioch police officer shot, treated and released from hospital; suspect in custody

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An Antioch police officer was allegedly shot by a carjacking suspect in Pittsburg Wednesday evening, according to police.

The carjacking occurred in Bay Point and was reported to the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, who notified Antioch police at 5:52 p.m. that a Hispanic man with a shotgun had last been seen driving a stolen BMW toward Pittsburg and Antioch.

At 6:11 p.m. an Antioch officer saw the vehicle in the vicinity of West 10th Street and Verne Roberts Circle, and pursued it when the driver fled.

The driver crashed at the intersection of Leland and Loveridge roads, then opened fire on officers as they approached, striking one. Other officers returned fire but the suspect surrendered without getting shot.

The officer was transported to a hospital for medical treatment but has already been released, according to police.

A dispatcher for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said that four ambulances had been sent to the scene.

The suspect and officer have not yet been identified, and police said no additional information will be released tonight.

“I can’t believe it’s happening again. This town is falling apart,” said a woman who asked to be kept anonymous out of fear of some type of retaliation. “Everything was cool peaceful in this town and now, you don't want to tell what you saw or what you heard because you don't know who's around.” 

According to Antioch police, this case is being jointly investigated along with the Contra Costa County DA’s Office, the Contra Costa Crime Lab, and Pittsburg PD.