Oakland Shooting Suspect Jumps Into San Francisco Bay in a Failed Attempt to Evade Police

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Police said that they chased a suspect from Oakland across three Bay Area counties for suspicions of robbery and attempted murder before the individual made a last-ditch effort of escaping by jumping into the San Francisco Bay, but was later captured by authorities.

Shooting suspect

The Solano County sheriff’s office said that on Wednesday, the 30-year-old suspect, Webster Johnson, was captured by police after he entered Ashby Avenue in Berkeley. Authorities were looking for the suspect in relation to a shooting and attempted robbery on December 9 in Vallejo and a shooting in Modesto, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Johnson’s car was spotted in Pinole as officers ordered him to surrender. In a statement, the sheriff’s office said, “Instead of complying with deputies’ orders, Johnson used his vehicle to ram a marked sheriff’s car before leading deputies on a chase throughout Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.”

Deputies and Highway Patrol officers chased Johnson on the ground and from the air to Berkeley. There, the suspect surrendered after going into the San Francisco bay. Officials said they discovered two armed firearms in the water where Johnson jumped into.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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