Police say a stolen car and the man behind the wheel tried to run over a cop with it.
“Most definitely,” said Lizz Dutton of the California Highway Patrol.
But he didn’t put the CHP officer down. On the contrary, he apparently missed her altogether – or at least left her uninjured. She went to her own weapon and opened fire.
“I saw a highway patrolman, sheriff’s, city cops coming from everywhere,” said Bobby Ruiz, who was nearby when it all happened.
The CHP officer missed, too, and the suspect took off. Police set up a perimeter, and at least three schools in the area were put on lockdown
“Staff members were out and gathering kids up, getting them into secure locations. That’s exactly what we did,” said Sal Garcia, principal of Dry Creek Elementary.
But it turned out the driver hadn’t gone that far. Police found his car just a few blocks away, with the door still hanging open from when he’d run on foot. Shortly after that, police found him.
“He didn’t have any hair. Just had baggy shorts on. I’m surprised he tried to run with those shorts on. They were sagging down and stuff … that’s probably why they caught him,” said Jeff Turner, a nearby resident.