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* Union City Neighborhood on Lockdown, Police Search for Man Who Allegedly Shot at Officers

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SWAT teams, helicopter crews and K9 units are searching for a suspected burglar who fired shots at officers in Union City this morning and has eluded police ever since, a police lieutenant said. Police have shut down several streets near Darlene Way and Jean Drive and have ordered residents to stay indoors during the manhunt, Union City police Lt. Ben Horner said. The incident started around 10:15 a.m., when Union City police received a report of a burglary in that neighborhood. Residents of the burglarized house were upstairs when they heard a knock at the door and then heard glass breaking, he said. When the residents came downstairs, they saw a male intruder. He was startled and ran away, Horner said. Neighbors called police and reported seeing a man running through backyards and jumping over fences, he said. Officers arrived and began investigating the burglary, and found a person of interest on Darlene Way. When the officers approached the man, he pulled out a handgun and fired at them and the officers fired back, Horner said.

No officers were struck by the gunfire, he said. The man dodged the shots and ran away from police. Police believe the suspect is still hiding somewhere in the area, possibly in a backyard. Residents have been ordered to stay in their homes and some people have been evacuated, Horner said. Two buses from Union City Transit have been sent to the area to evacuate some residents, spokeswoman Rosanna Smith said. One bus was dispatched at 1:45 p.m. and another was sent about an hour later, she said. Motorists are advised to avoid the area as Jean Drive, Darlene Way and Rose Way are all on police lockdown. The suspect is described as a black man about 6 feet 5 inches tall, wearing a long white shirt and dark pants, Horner said. Police have taken another person who may be connected to the incident into custody.

He was found hiding in a shed on Darlene Way. The man was transported to a hospital to be treated for a dog bite inflicted by one of the K9 units, he said. “Our number-one concern is the safety of the residents,” Horner said. “SWAT team officers are going door-to-door and yard-to-yard to find the suspect.” Lois Nugyen, a resident of Darlene Way, said at about 1 p.m. that
police had surrounded a home three houses down from her and were pointing their guns at it. She said she was at home with her husband late this morning when she saw a man run into her backyard. “My husband saw him and opened the patio door and said, ‘What are you doing in my backyard?'” Nguyen said. The man then jumped over a fence into her neighbor’s yard and
disappeared, she said. She described him as a tall young black man with a thin build wearing a white T-shirt. Nguyen said police arrived in the neighborhood a short time later and shut down the street. She said she went to the front yard at one point to water her plants and police told her to go back indoors.

Khatera Sarwari, who lives on nearby Jean Drive, said she received a phone call from Union City police telling her to stay indoors until police are able to detain a male suspect who is trespassing in people’s backyards. Lawrence Hudson, who lives on Darlene Way, said that when he returned from walking his dog mid-morning, Union City police told him to stay indoors because shots had been fired at a home nearby. He said there is a large police presence on the street, including a SWAT team. Aisha Knowles, a spokeswoman with the Alameda County Fire Department, did not have details on the incident but said a unit is waiting nearby in case medical aid is needed. Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the sheriff’s office is assisting in the search for a shooting suspect. He said the department had sent a K9 unit and two deputies to the scene.Police from Newark, Fremont and BART and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies are all providing assistance.

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