A California Highway Patrol spokesman corrected previously released information Friday night, now saying that it was a Pinole Police officer and not a CHP officer who shot and wounded a suspect driving a stolen car.
Pinole police have taken over the investigation after the determination was made that it was one of its officers who fired, said CHP Officer Elon Steers. Pinole Police Cmdr. Matthew Messier said on Friday night that the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released later.
The incident began when a CHP officer saw a the stolen black Chrysler 300 sedan on westbound state Highway 4 just after 5 p.m. Steers said. After determining the Chrysler was stolen, the officer followed behind the vehicle while waiting for backup, he said.
At some point, however, the suspect realized he was being followed and made an abrupt exit at Pinole Valley Road. The officer followed, and the sedan stopped in the Kaiser Medical Center parking lot at 1301 Pinole Valley Road.
At about 5:12 p.m., the suspect then got out of the car and "some kind of altercation occurred," Steers said. The suspect suffered at least one gunshot wound that did not appear to be life threatening. It has yet to be determined whether the suspect shot at one or more officers.
No one else was struck or injured. Steers said it was unclear if there were other people in the lot at the time of the shooting.
About a dozen law enforcement cars, from the CHP and the Hercules Police and Pinole Police departments were also at the scene were at the scene on Friday afternoon and evening.
Bay City News Service contributed to this article. This article will be updated as more information is available.