San Benito officer opens fire on suspects vehicle

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POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 3:03pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 7:09am

"I heard shots and I got scared."said San Benito Resident Zach Rodriguez.

Zach Rodriguez says it was a frightening scene for him and people living on McCulloch street Wednesday night as a San Benito police officer opened fire at a suspect's vehicle near an elementary and middle school.

"The incident happened right here." said Rodriguez.

San Benito police say it all started when a fight broke out between several suspects on the 500 block of McCulloch.

"There was a verbal altercation as well as physical altercation between several subjects at a basketball/playground area which is located next to Dr. Cash Elementary."said officer Rogelio Banada.

When the officer responded to the scene four suspects jumped into a vehicle.

"The officer got of the vehicle made contact with the driver, ordered the driver to stop the driver unfortunately kept on driving forward, at that point the officer discharged his firearm at the suspect’s vehicle, the vehicle fled, and the vehicle was found about a half block away from the incident."

Police say several shots were fired at the suspect's car.
It's unknown if any of the suspects were hit by the shots fired.
Rodriguez says at the time there were more than two dozen people playing and hanging out near the basketball court.

"There is a lot kids throughout this area, that kind of violence is not safe for this neighborhood being there is two school."said Rodriguez.

No one was in the vehicle when officers found it abandon.
Police are still currently looking for the suspects.


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