Police are investigating a claim that a police officer shot at a carjacking suspect Saturday in Vallejo, after the suspect allegedly fled on foot in an attempt to avoid being arrested. Officers had been investigating an armed-carjacking that occurred in Napa earlier that day and located and arrested two people, identified as Victor Hurtado, 32, and David Plancarte, 20, both from Napa County, in connection with the suspected carjacking.
The two men are allegedly gang members and both were on parole, police said.
On Tuesday, Vallejo police received a complaint alleging that an officer involved in Saturday’s arrest discharged his service weapon at Hurtado, who had allegedly fled on foot. Investigators obtained surveillance video of the incident.
Investigators believe Hurtado was armed at the time of the pursuit, and this was confirmed by an independent witness, according to police. Neither Hurtado nor Plancarte were injured during the incident, police said.
The involved officer was wearing a body camera at the time, which also captured the incident. That officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation, police said.
“The Vallejo Police Department takes any complaint involving the unauthorized use of force very seriously and is conducting a use of force investigation into the incident,” police said in a statement Wednesday.
The incident is the same incident in which a witness recorded the initial traffic stop on their cellphone and alleged that an officer at the scene used the “N-word.”
After an investigation, the police department found no evidence of that claim, police said Monday.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has additional information regarding the carjacking and subsequent arrests is asked to contact Vallejo police Detective Robert Greenberg at (707) 648-4280.
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