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Chaka Grayson shot by sheriff’s deputy in Marin City for alleged assault with vehicle

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A man is in custody after allegedly accelerating his car toward a sheriff’s deputy in Marin City, prompting the deputy to shoot him, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Around 5:50 p.m., a Marin County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol on Terners Drive when he spotted Marin City resident 44-year-old Chaka Grayson, sheriff’s officials said.

From previous contact with the man, the deputy knew Grayson to be an unlicensed driver, so he made a u-turn and parked behind him. While walking toward the vehicle, the deputy saw Grayson duck down. He drew his gun and ordered Grayson to show his hands, according to sheriff’s officials. Sheriff’s officials said Grayson then accelerated his car toward the deputy, prompting the deputy to fire several rounds from his gun at the suspect.

The car drove out of sight and was found abandoned in the 200 Lot in Marin City. Deputies found evidence at the scene that Grayson might be bleeding and in need of medical attention. The deputy who shot at Grayson was also injured when bystanders threw rocks at his head, according to the sheriff’s office. He was being treated for a head wound late Sunday night.

Some local roadways, including the Marin City off-ramp from U.S. Highway 101 and Donohue Street, were closed while deputies searched for the suspect. With the help of community members, “efforts were made to safely have Mr. Grayson surrender” a short time before 10 p.m., sheriff’s officials said in a statement. He was arrested and immediately taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. Information on his condition was not immediately available. Sheriff’s officials said the deputy involved in the shooting is a 5-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. The Novato Police Department is handling the investigation into the shooting.

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