General Crime

Rafael Ortega Vallejo man was arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into a Richmond police car and was shot at by police

Fugitive Watch Logo 77x77px


A Vallejo man was arrested after he allegedly rammed his car into a Richmond police patrol car, which prompted an officer to fire his service weapon Sunday afternoon, a Richmond police sergeant said. Around 5:15 p.m. an officer attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation near South 55th Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The car’s driver, identified later as Rafael Ortega, 23, allegedly refused to stop, Abetkov said. Near that intersection he allegedly turned his vehicle around and drove into the officer head on. The officer was in a marked patrol vehicle. Ortega then backed up and appeared to be preparing to ram into the officer a second time, Abetkov said. That is when the officer feared for his life and fired his gun into the car, Abetkov said.

The suspect was not hit and stopped driving. He was taken into custody, Abetkov said. The rammed police car sustained moderate damage, she said. The officer was not injured in the incident. The shooting is being investigated by Richmond police and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

Comment Advisement We welcome your thoughts, but for the sake of all readers, please refrain from the use of obscenities, personal attacks or racial slurs. All comments are subject to our terms of service and may be removed. Repeat offenders may lose commenting privileges.

Leave a Comment

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons