A man who was shot by two Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies in Pacheco this morning as he allegedly attempted to run them over has been identified as 50-year-old Oakland resident Gonzalo Erausquin, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Capt. Daniel Terry said today. Erausquin has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, two counts of driving a stolen vehicle, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and evading a police officer. He is also being held on two warrants out of Alameda County, one for larceny and the second for a parole violation, Terry said.The incident began at about 2:23 a.m. when an alarm company notified the sheriff’s dispatch center that three people had been seen in the yard of a tire distribution warehouse at 4575 Pacheco Blvd. in unincorporated Contra Costa County, Terry said.When deputies arrived, they saw a man, believed to be Erausquin, in the yard and ordered him to stop, Terry said.Erausquin ran from the deputies and they chased him into an adjacent parking lot, where he got into a large box truck, Terry said. Investigators later discovered that the truck had been reported stolen out of Walnut Creek on Dec. 1.As Erausquin started the truck, one deputy jumped onto the running board to attempt to stop him, Terry said.Erausquin allegedly accelerated rapidly, throwing the deputy from the truck, and then accelerated again in the direction of the deputy, apparently attempting to run him over, Terry said.”The deputy, in fear of his life, fired several shots at the vehicle,” Terry said.Meanwhile, a second deputy had blocked the parking lot’s exit with his patrol car.Erausquin then allegedly accelerated toward the patrol car, smashed into it and pushed it 100 to 150 feet across Pacheco Boulevard into a hillside, temporarily pinning the deputy inside the vehicle, Terry said.He then backed up and fled.The deputy was able to free himself and began chasing the truck on foot. As the deputy ran alongside the truck, Erausquin allegedly swerved toward him in an attempt to run him over and the deputy fired several shots at him, Terry said.Erausquin then disappeared out of sight, but a short time later a Martinez police officer spotted the box truck in the 200 block of Central Avenue, about a mile from the tire warehouse, and arrested him without further incident, Terry said.He had been hit several times by the deputies’ gunfire and was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek for treatment. He remained in stable condition in the hospital this afternoon, Terry said.Deputies later found that a vehicle in the yard of the tire warehouse had been broken into, Terry said. Investigators are still working to identify the other two men believed to have been involved in that break-in, Terry said. The deputy who was in the patrol car Erausquin allegedly rammed into suffered minor injuries. The other deputy was not hurt. Their names had not being released as of this afternoon.
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