Pittsburg police officer, attempted-murder suspect injured in shootout

PITTSBURG, Calif. (KTVU) -- Police in the East Bay are investigating a shootout between an officer and an attempted-murder suspect Wednesday that left the officer shot in the leg and the suspect hospitalized, according to authorities.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, a Pittsburg police officer saw a suspect in an attempted murder that took place Tuesday night in Concord on the 500 block of E. 12th Street. 

The suspect fled from the officer on foot and momentarily lost the officer as he turned the corner westbound onto Harbor Street. The suspect waiting in ambush for the officer to turn the corner, pointing a gun at the pursuing policeman and firing the weapon, striking the officer in the leg. 

The officer returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times. The suspect, a 49-year-old male Bay Point resident, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.  The suspect has been arrested for attempted murder.

The suspect's firearm was located and recovered on scene. 

The officer, a 24 year decorated veteran of the Pittsburg Police Department, was treated and released for his gunshot wound. 

This shooting is jointly being investigated by the Pittsburg Police Department as well as investigators from the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and members of the Concord Police Department. 

Harbor Street between E. Sante Fe Avenue and Central Avenue was closed for several hours. Video shot by Sky Fox showed officers continuing the investigation with numerous evidence markers at the scene.