A 25-year-old suspect is in critical condition after an officer-involved shooting in a quiet San Mateo neighborhood this morning, San Mateo police said. San Mateo police detectives headed to a home the 1400 block of Newbridge Avenue at about 10:10 a.m. today to serve a “high-risk” search warrant, Sgt. Bob Szelenyi said. Hector Ramirez, the San Mateo resident named in the search
warrant, was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, and the house where the warrant was served was believed to contain known prison gang members, Szelenyi said. As officers served the warrant this morning, Ramirez exited the house and got into the passenger seat of an occupied car parked outside, Szelenyi said. Police officers and SWAT team members tried to stop that vehicle but the driver, 24-year-old Joseph Ortega, wouldn’t yield and instead allegedly rammed an occupied police car, Szelenyi said. At that point a San Mateo detective shot Ortega, Szelenyi said. Ortega was treated at the scene and then airlifted to Stanford Hospital in critical condition. Ortega, an alleged gang member who is on parole, is facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. Ramirez was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale. Police said the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force in executing the search warrant and seized methamphetamine and currency. One officer sustained minor injuries in the incident and was treated at the scene. The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on routine
administrative leave and, as per protocol, the district attorney’s office and the Police Department will investigate the incident.
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