ANTIOCH (TBEN SF / BCN) – A man from Stockton, who tried to flee police in a two-county chase that resulted in an accident in Richmond, was in custody early Sunday after allegedly injuring a firefighter and a paramedic in a drive-by shooting. in Antioch.
Police in Antioch said a man was arrested Saturday night following a chase that crossed two counties and ended moments after the suspect’s vehicle collided with a parked vehicle. A spokesperson for CHP said the suspicious vehicle reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour during the chase.
Antioch police have not yet released the name or age of the suspect or given the reason for the shooting.
The incident began shortly before 9 p.m., when Contra Costa firefighters and an American Medical Response ambulance responded to a call for someone requiring medical attention in a parking lot on the 1900 block of Auto Center Drive.
Employees of a Panda Express called 911 after a man entered the restaurant, complaining of stomach pain.
“The ambulance arrived, the firefighters were already there, they were sort of setting it up,” said Maura, who works at the restaurant. “Then you just hear gunshots and then one of the paramedics fell … We just ran inside because neither of us wanted to get hurt … There were about six shots. of fire.
Investigators said while first responders attended to the patient, a silver SUV passed and someone inside fired shots at them. The vehicle was driven a second time and someone inside fired a second round of shots.
“It was a continuous shot,” one viewer told KPIX 5. “Bam, bam, bam – like that. I was feeling nervous because you hear gunshots but you couldn’t tell where they were coming from… I just saw all the police arrive. It was terrible.”
A 31-year-old firefighter was shot in the foot and a 58-year-old paramedic was shot in the leg. Both men are being treated for injuries at local hospitals where they were in stable condition and had to survive.
The SUV fled the scene westbound on Highway 4 toward Pittsburg, police said, pursued by officers from Antioch in a chase that passed through Contra Costa and Alameda counties and eventually in Richmond, when the suspect’s SUV collided with a parked car.
Police said the suspect then attempted to escape on foot but was quickly taken into custody by Richmond Police and CHP officers. A firearm was also found at the scene.
Update. Con Fire firefighter and AMR Alliance ambulance medic hit by gunfire while responding to an EMS call in Antioch this evening are in stable condition and being treated in hospital for non-fatal injuries . Antioch PD investigating an apparent drive-by shootout.
– Con Fire PIO (@ContraCostaFire) February 21, 2021
“Tonight’s senseless shootings remind us of the very real dangers our first responders face, often alongside our law enforcement partners, as they work to save lives in our communities,” said Lewis T. Broschard III, fire chief. , Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
“We are grateful for the public outpouring of support for our injured firefighter and AMR paramedic and for the work of law enforcement in the Bay Area to bring the perpetrator (s) to justice.”
Antioch Police detectives continue to investigate and ask anyone with information about the incident to call the department at (925) 778-2441, call Det. Brogdon at (925) 779-6895, or send a message to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword ANTIOCH.