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* San Mateo Suspect Joseph Ortega Shot By Police After Ramming Occupied Police Vehicle Remains Hospitalized

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A 24-year-old man who was shot by police while he tried to help the subject of a search warrant escape Thursday in San Mateo remained hospitalized today, a police sergeant said.San Mateo police detectives were in the 1400 block of Newbridge Avenue at about 10:10 a.m. serving a “high-risk” search warrant of 25-year-old Hector Ramirez, Sgt. Bob Szelenyi said.During the course of the search warrant, Ramirez left the house and climbed into the passenger seat of a vehicle parked out front, according to Szelenyi.The officers and detectives tried to block the vehicle from leaving, but the driver, 24-year-old Joseph Ortega, did not comply with the officers’ verbal commands, Szelenyi said.Ortega rammed his vehicle into a police car occupied with officers, injuring one of the officers, according to Szelenyi.A detective then fired one shot at Ortega, wounding him, Szelenyi said.Ortega was air lifted to Stanford Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. His condition was not available today.Ortega, an alleged gang member on parole, faces charges of assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. Ramirez was arrested on
charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale.The officer involved in the shooting was placed on routine administrative leave.

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