By Evan Sernoffsky and Henry K. Lee / SFGate – Updated 7:40 pm, Thursday, December 4, 2014
A 16-year-old Oakland girl suspected of running over a San Leandro police officer with a stolen car in a residential neighborhood — prompting police to open fire — surrendered hours after the confrontation Thursday, authorities said.
The girl, whose name wasn’t released, gave herself up shortly before 5 p.m. after negotiations between police and her family. She faces allegations of attempted murder and auto theft. She had a minor injury to her hand, believed to be a result of police gunfire, authorities said.
The incident began at 7:20 a.m. when someone reported a suspicious vehicle near Broadmoor Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue, said San Leandro police Lt. Robert McManus.
A responding officer walked up to the white 1995 Nissan Maxima and saw two people sleeping inside. One, a 19-year-old Oakland man, jumped out of the car and took off running but was nabbed by the officer, officials said. His name wasn’t released.
The driver hit the gas, narrowly hitting the officer and running over a second officer who had just arrived, police said. McManus said the officer who was struck opened fire on the fleeing vehicle, which had been reported stolen out of Oakland on Nov. 29.
“To accelerate your vehicle to run a person over, whether it’s a police officer or anybody, we know what kind of damage a car can do to someone, and today, it landed a police officer in the hospital,” McManus said.
Aaron Seeman, who lives two doors down from where the officer was hit, said he woke up to “a whole bunch of popping sounds that I assume were gunshots. Then there were a bunch of cop cars and helicopters.”
The Maxima was later found abandoned and scarred with bullet holes in East Oakland.
The injured officer, an 18-year department veteran, was taken to a hospital with leg injuries, underwent surgery and is expected to recover, McManus said. His name has not been released.
“This was a veteran police officer responding to a routine police call,” McManus said. “We go to those all day long. Although officers prepare for critical incidents, there is no amount of preparation an officer can have for being run over.”