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* Robert Flores Folster Arrested for Allegedly Shooting at Benicia Police

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Police in Vallejo arrested a 22-year-old man Sunday morning who allegedly exchanged gunfire with a Benicia police officer after fleeing from that officer Saturday night, police said. Officers located American Canyon man Robert Flores Folster in Vallejo after receiving a tip about his whereabouts. He was arrested around 7 a.m. Sunday, 12 hours after he allegedly fired multiple rounds at a Benicia police officer, according to Vallejo police. Folster was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a peace officer and taken to Solano County Jail, police said.

Officers from several local law enforcement agencies searched for the 22-year-old suspect Saturday night and Benicia police obtained a $1 million warrant for his arrest. Police said Folster initially triggered a police chase around 6:55 p.m. Saturday when he fled from an officer who stopped him for a routine traffic infraction. The officer learned that the car Folster was driving had been reported stolen.

After leading the Benicia police officer into a residential court, the suspect stopped and fired at the officer, who then returned fire. The gunfire struck the police patrol car but neither the suspect nor the officer was hit, police said. Officers from the Benicia and Vallejo police departments, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office and the California Highway Patrol were unable to locate Folster, but later found a woman who was with him during the shooting driving the suspect vehicle.

That woman was arrested, but police have not released her identity. As police searched for him, the suspect also allegedly carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in an apartment complex parking lot at 900 Cambridge Drive, but he fled on foot after spotting patrol cars blocking his exit. The search for Folster was called off around midnight but resumed again Sunday morning.

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