Gunshots narrowly missed a Pittsburg police officer Tuesday night when a parolee opened fire on him in an alley behind a shopping center after an attempted traffic stop, a police captain said today. The suspect, 27-year-old Dyrell Wayne Jones, of Pittsburg, who was on parole for a robbery conviction, allegedly fired at least six times at the driver’s side of the patrol car, police Capt. Brian Addington said.The bullets broke through the windshield, and one lodged in the patrol car cage next to the driver’s seat headrest.
“This one was too close for comfort,” Addington said. Jones allegedly ran from the scene but was later arrested after an extensive search of the area, Addington said.He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg when the officer returned fire, but is expected to recover from his injuries. The officer, a 13-year-veteran of the department, suffered minor injuries from the shattered glass.Police did not know this morning what prompted Jones, who they say is a known gang member with an extensive criminal history, to fire at the officer, Addington said.
The incident started at about 5:30 p.m. when the officer was patrolling shopping areas along Atlantic Avenue and noticed a driver run a stop sign.The officer pulled into the Foods Co. shopping center behind the driver, who accelerated away from the patrol car and into a nearby alley, Addington said.The driver apparently lost control and crashed into a small wall near a Wells Fargo bank, he said. The driver then allegedly emerged holding a handgun and opened fire on the officer, who got out of his patrol car and shot back, Addington said.
It wasn’t immediately clear to the officer that the suspect had been hit.The suspect took off running across Railroad Avenue near West Boulevard and disappeared into a residential neighborhood, which K-9 units and air support quickly blocked off, Addington said.The officers investigated witness reports and closed in on an apartment building where they believed the suspect was hiding.Officers then learned the suspect might have borrowed an acquaintance’s cell phone and were able to make contact with him by calling the number.
It turned out the suspect was hiding in the attic of the apartment officers had identified, and after about 20 minutes they were able to convince him to surrender, Addington said.The suspect, identified as Jones, was taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek to be treated for his injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer, being a felon in possession a firearm, and parole violations.
He was allegedly in possession of two guns, including one police believe he used to shoot at the officer, Addington said.His mental state was being evaluated today, and police were trying to determine whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the shooting. The car he was driving was not stolen, but police are tracing Jones’ activity during the hours and days prior to the shootout to see if he might have been involved in a crime, Addington said. He said police are also investigating whether anyone helped Jones evade police.
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