Residents who live in the area, just north of Santa Cruz, are disturbed by what happened early Friday morning in their secluded neighborhood. "People that just are in this area going out for a walk and stuff can't really feel safe anymore," Santa Cruz resident Clay Wiseman said.
Around 3:30 a.m., two Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies encountered a man and a woman parked off to the side of Ocean St. Extension and moving items between two vehicles. Deputies ran the plates and discovered one of the vehicles had been reported as stolen out of San Jose.
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The suspects were then detained in separate patrol cars, so deputies could determine who was driving which vehicle. That's when things took a violent turn. "While deputies interviewed the man, the woman was able to slip out of her handcuffs, reach through a partially open window in the patrol car, and open a door," Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart said. " The woman then entered the driver's side of the patrol car, and without warning, drove the vehicle directly at one of the deputies, striking him, and damaging both patrol cars."
The second deputy fired several rounds, hitting the female suspect three times. CPR was administered to her on scene and she was airlifted to a nearby trauma center, where as of Friday afternoon, she remained in the intensive care unit. The deputy hit by the cruiser is expected to be okay.
The sheriff's office had been increasing its patrols in the area after getting complaints from neighbors in recent months. "A habitation for prostitution, drug use, people bring their garbage and dump it out of the trucks down there," Santa Cruz resident Allen Hasty said.
Video of the incident, which was captured by the deputies' body-worn cameras, will be released next week by the sheriff's office. The female suspect now faces attempted murder charges.
#DEVELOPING: @SantaCruzSO1 will release body cam video next wk. Interviews are still being conducted (or will be) w/ deputies & suspects connected to the OIS. SCSO had been stepping up patrol in recent weeks in the area where shooting occurred due to reported drug use/transients.— Chris Nguyen ABC7 (@ChrisNguyenTV) May 18, 2018
#ALSO: ...and starting driving. But instead of fleeing, she struck one of the sheriff's deputies, causing minor to moderate injuries, says sheriff's office. Uninjured officer fired several rounds, at least three bullets struck the female suspect. Officers then performed CPR...— Chris Nguyen ABC7 (@ChrisNguyenTV) May 18, 2018
#MORE: ...deputies detained/handcuffed a man and a woman, and placed them in separate patrol cars to determine who had driven the stolen vehicle. Female suspect slipped out of her handcuffs, opened the door (through a partially open window), jumped in the front seat and...— Chris Nguyen ABC7 (@ChrisNguyenTV) May 18, 2018
Two #SantaCruz Co. sheriff's deputies were involved in an early AM shooting during a routine patrol near Paradise Park at the end of the Ocean Street Extension, when they encountered two ppl. in separate vehicles parked off to the side. One of the cars came back as stolen...— Chris Nguyen ABC7 (@ChrisNguyenTV) May 18, 2018