Deputy shot on Highway 580

February 21, 2009 6:44:54 PM PST
The Alameda County Sheriff's Office is searching for suspects who inadvertently shot a deputy during an unrelated early morning incident on westbound Interstate Highway 580 in Castro Valley Saturday, a spokesman said.

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The bullet that struck the deputy was part of a shooting that occurred around 12:45 a.m. between two speeding cars approaching the Carolyn Street offramp in Castro Valley, an unincorporated part of Alameda County.

The occupants of one car fired shots at people in another vehicle on the highway, according to Alameda County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Nelson.

"Right now, sheriff's investigators are working quite diligently to figure out who that was," Nelson said. Investigators have no information on the suspects, the vehicle, or whether there is any connection between the occupants of the two cars, he said.

The driver of the second car was shot in the head, Nelson said.

His vehicle careened off the freeway, over an embankment, through a fence and onto Foothill Boulevard, near 164th Avenue. One of the two passengers was also struck and sustained minor injuries, Nelson said.

The sheriff's deputy conducting a routine pedestrian stop nearby on Foothill Boulevard was hit by a stray bullet. The deputy, who was hit in the leg and taken to Eden Medical Center for surgery, is expected to make a full recovery.

Another round of bullets hit a home on the nearby hillside, Nelson said. Nobody in the home was injured.

The resulting investigation closed down westbound Highway 580 until 6:20 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The individuals in the second car are working with sheriff's investigators, Nelson said. Their identities have not been released.

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