San Leandro police have arrested a 16-year-old Oakland girl they say attempted to run down two police officers in a stolen car this morning while they struggled with a second suspect. The girl is the second person arrested in connection with the incident this morning, which occurred near the 600 block of Broadmoor Boulevard about 7:30 a.m., according to Lt. Robert McManus.
Officers responded to the area after they received a report from a resident of an unfamiliar vehicle in the residential neighborhood, McManus said. When an officer arrived on scene, two occupants were inside the car, a 19-year-old East Oakland man and an unidentified woman, McManus said. The 19-year-old got out of the car and tried to run away from the officer. There was a brief struggle, and McManus said the officer had the man pinned up against a parked car near the suspect vehicle.
A second officer arrived at the scene and was walking up to help the first officer when the driver of the suspect vehicle allegedly accelerated, narrowly missing the 19-year-old man and striking the second officer, McManus said. To protect themselves, one or both officers fired at the driver of the vehicle and police did not know as of this afternoon whether the driver was injured by the gunfire.
The injured officer, an 18-year veteran of the San Leandro force, was in surgery earlier today at a local hospital, McManus said. He suffered serious injuries to his legs but is expected to survive. The vehicle involved in the incident, a 1995 Nissan Maxima, had been reported stolen in Oakland on Nov. 29. It was located in East Oakland with evidence including bullet holes.
After determining the identity of the second suspect, police contacted her family and negotiated for her to surrender herself to San Leandro police this afternoon. Both the girl and the 19-year-old suspect have been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder against a police officer and auto theft. Their identities have not yet been released, police said.
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