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An attempted murder suspect who was shot by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in Castro Valley after he allegedly tried to run them over remains hospitalized but is expected to survive, a sheriff’s office spokesman said Wednesday. Leonard Collins, a 39-year-old Hayward area resident, is being treated for gunshot wounds and dog bites at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
He said deputies attempted to contact Collins at about 4 p.m. Tuesday near Queen Street and Grove Way but when Collins saw them he jumped in a car and drove toward them. Nelson said the deputies fired shots at the car and struck Collins but he continued to drive about a half mile before he ditched the car and ran away. Residents told deputies that the suspect was hiding under a deck at a home near Ravenwood Place and Center Street.
The deputies ordered the suspect out and when he did not comply they sent a sheriff’s dog after him and the dog got him to come out, according to Nelson. He said Collins was wanted in connection with a shooting in San Leandro about a month ago in which a bullet went through the front door of a home and struck a woman in the arm. About a week ago deputies tried to contact Collins but he led them on a high-speed chase, Nelson said.
According to Nelson, in that chase Collins was driving in the wrong direction at 90 mph near Oakland International Airport. Nelson said sheriff’s investigators will present a report to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office today in hopes of having charges filed against him.
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