An allegedly armed suspect escaped a Hayward neighborhood Wednesday afternoon despite police shooting at him, swarming the area and searching a perimeter for over three hours, police said.
Hayward police first responded to a report from BART police that a suspect with a gun was seen leaving the Downtown Hayward BART station at 2:08 p.m. Police responded and saw four males who matched that description.
An officer attempted to detain them, and three complied but one ran away.
More officers responded and found the suspect behind the DMV building at 150 Jackson St. Police said he had a gun in his hand and the officer told him to drop the gun.
The suspect turned toward the officer and pointed the gun at him instead, so the officer fired at the suspect, according to police.
The suspect ran away again, still holding the gun, police said.
Police then set up a perimeter around the DMV and the surrounding neighborhood to search for the suspect.
DMV spokesman Armando Botello said he was told around 3 p.m. that the building was closed because shots had been fired in the parking lot.
A resident of Magna Avenue said at 4:45 p.m. that as many as 15 police cars were parked at a house on his street near Winton Avenue. Officers were outside the house with shields, he said.
The resident said he had heard what sounded like fireworks then saw police running toward the home. He said they later threw something and he saw smoke.
The resident, who declined to give his name, said it looked like police were trying to find somebody at the home. He had not seen anyone arrested.
An employee at Crossroads World Market, located at 230 Jackson St., said at 4:15 p.m. that there were police on Magna Avenue, behind the grocery store.
He said it smelled as though tear gas had been released. The store was evacuated because of the overwhelming odor.
He said a police helicopter overhead was blaring the message, “Come out with your hands up” and that authorities were threatening to release dogs into the area.
Police concluded the search over three hours later without locating the suspect.
Botello said that the DMV will reopen two hours late Thursday, at 10 a.m., to brief employees on the incident.
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