Pinole Police in Shootout with Suspected Car Thief in Pinole

By: Brian Shields - Sat, 05 May 2012 01:53:52 -0800

PINOLE (KRON) -- A Pinole police officer and a suspected car thief are both expected to be okay after a shootout in the parking lot of a Kaiser Medical clinic in Pinole.

Authorities say a CHP officer noticed a black Chrysler 300 sedan that had been reported stolen.  The officer followed the vehicle without using lights or sirens and called for backup as the car drove on Pinole Valley Road near Interstate 80.

Just after 5:00 p.m. Friday investigators say the suspected thief noticed the officer then made a hard turn over a concrete center divider and pulled into the Kaiser clinic parking lot.

Witnesses say the driver got out of the car and opened fire on a Pinole officer who had arrived at the scene who returned fire.    The suspected thief was hit and treated for non-life threatening wounds.  The officer was not injured.

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