Reporting Anjali Hemphill
STOCKTON, Calif. (CBS13/AP) — Authorities shot and killed a robbery suspect they say tried to run over two members of gang task force when they pulled the suspect over in Stockton Saturday night.
San Joaquin County sheriff’s Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the department, says a Stockton police officer and a sheriff’s deputy stopped the suspect around 9 p.m. because the silver Mercedes-Benz sedan he was driving matched the description of a car used in an armed robbery Friday.
“So the guy got out of the car and told me ‘give me your wallet,’ ” said Felipe Miranda.
Miranda is still recovering from fear and a big gash on his face after, he says, two men robbed him at gunpoint in his own driveway off Cardinal Avenue.
“I’ve never seen those guys before, never seen those guys before in my life,” he said.
Miranda says they took stole his wallet, which had more than $3,000 in cash.
After slashing his face, the driver also tried to run Miranda over in the street before driving away.
“The sheriff came over (Sunday) morning and they told me they got the guy,” Miranda said.
Saturday night, San Joaquin sheriff’s deputies believed they spotted the silver Mercedes-Benz Miranda described.
Garcia says, as the officer and deputy approached, the suspect put the car in reverse and tried to run at least one of them over, prompting both the officer and deputy to open fire.
Officials say, when the suspect was taken out of the car, police found a loaded handgun in his waistband.
*I don’t have no money, but I have my life and that’s what matters to me,” said Miranda.
The officer and the deputy were not hurt. Both were placed on administrative leave.
Investigators are still looking for the second robbery suspect. The silver Mercedes-Benz was reported stolen out of Roseville in November.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)