RICHMOND, Calif. – A man suspected of kidnapping, beating and a woman and then leaving her in the hills of Oakland died after a chase and confrontation with police in Richmond, authorities said.
The incident began late Thursday when the suspect, Juan Ayon Barraza, 24, from Vacaville abducted a woman in Solano District and beat her, authorities said.
At around 6:45 pm, officers from the Oakland Police Department responded to a report about a woman who was left on a side street in the Pinehurst Road and Skyline Boulevard area.
A witness can provide a description of the white Chevy Astro car involved in the incident, police said.
Oakland and Moraga police found the van and tried to pull over, but the vehicle did not stop, and a chase ensued.
Police said the suspected vehicle traveled to Richmond to the South 37th Street and Stege Avenue area, where Barraza crashed into a van into a Oakland police car when two officers got out of their vehicle.
“Everything happened so fast. There must be at least 30, 40, 50 police in 15 seconds,” said witness Cesar Padilla.
Barraza pointed a gun at officers, and Richmond and Oakland police opened fire on the suspect, authorities said.
“It was one shot, and then about 20 shots after that,” witness Katrin Auch said.
It was not immediately clear whether Barraza died due to police gunfire, self-inflicted gunshot wounds or a combination of the two.
The victim suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital in critical condition, police said.
The injured officer is expected to recover.
Several agents are investigating the incident including the Oakland Police Department, Richmond Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Moraga Police Department, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office and the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
Henry Lee from KTVU contributed to this story
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