A 50-year-old man is behind bars this morning after leading police on a long and wild chase through multiple Bay Area counties when police linked him to the shooting of a San Francisco cop over the weekend.
The details of what happened are still pretty unclear as police haven't closed out their investigation of the drawn out drama that began Saturday afternoon in San Francisco. However, Officer Gordon Shyy said what they do know is that two Mission Station beat officers feared for their own lives after they approached the suspect's vehicle on Saturday afternoon during a traffic stop.
As the officers approached the car, the suspect, later identified as Jeffery Ruano, a San Francisco resident, started backing his car up toward the two cops. One of the officers began shooting and the driver sped off in the car.
At that time, the officer noticed his partner, Officer Adam Shaw, had been hit in the shoulder, police say.
KTVU is reporting that witnesses heard at least one gunshot come from within the suspect's vehicle. "At this point, we believe the officer was struck by gunfire from the suspect vehicle," Shyy told the news station.
Shyy provided media updates as the scene unfolded. Later that day, police found the same vehicle in Daly City, however, the driver was gone.
Several hours later, police spotted the white Mercedes Benz again as it made its way to the East Bay. They began trailing the driver and a long and fast chase ensued through several counties, Shyy said.
According to Shyy:
At approximately 11 p.m., we requested the California Highway Patrol for assistance. The CHP arrived and attempted to stop the vehicle on I-80 EB and Carlson in Richmond. The white sedan failed to stop and evaded police. The CHP pursed the vehicle through Alameda, Solano and Contra Costa Counties. The vehicle continued south into Danville and towards San Jose. At approximately 12:30 a.m., the pursuit terminated at McKee and North 33rd Street in San Jose and three subjects were detained. The pursuit terminated without incident, no collision or injuries. Investigators from San Francisco Police are enroute to San Jose.
The pursuit, which reached speeds of up to 120 mph, ended when the CHP reportedly puncture the tires of the Mercedes in Milpitas.
According to Shyy, Ruano is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, the deadly weapon being the car involved in Saturday's incident; he's also being charged with being a convicted felon in possession of ammunition, driving in excess of 100 mph, evading police officers, and a misdemeanor warrant.
Police consider Ruano the shooting suspect, however, he was not being charged for attempted murder for reasons that are unclear.
On Saturday, Police Chief Greg Suhr told reporters at a news conference that Officer Shaw was "in good spirits and was expected to survive his injuries."