A manhunt by East Bay Regional Park District police and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies is continuing today near the Upper San Leandro Reservoir after shots were fired at an officer on Monday night, police said. At least one person fired an assault rifle at a park police officer while he was on patrol at around 6:50 p.m. Police said the officer returned fire and took cover.
He was not injured in the attack. The officer called for emergency assistance and was safely extricated from the scene using the park district police armored rescue vehicle, police said. The shooter or shooters may have been attempting to protect a marijuana grow operation, East Bay Regional Park Police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal said. The search is being conducted by special response teams from park police assisted by sheriff’s deputies and air support from the park police helicopter.
The search had been put on pause overnight but resumed this morning. The remote area is located 2 to 4 miles south of Moraga town limits, near the border between Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Monday night’s attack was in Alameda County, but today’s search is being conducted on both sides of the county line.
The police helicopter is conducting a sweep of the watershed lands and providing cover for the officers on foot. Park police were assisted in Monday night’s search by the California Highway Patrol, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, and the Richmond, Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette police departments.
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