Vallejo police shoot man who rammed patrol car

Bay City News
Monday, February 23, 2015

VALLEJO, Calif. -- Vallejo police officers shot a man who tried to ram them with his vehicle following a pursuit late Sunday night, police said.

Gerald Robert Brown, 23, of Vallejo, was taken into custody following an incident that began around 11:20 p.m. when officers in the area of Mayfair Avenue and Lassen Street tried to stop a 1991 Honda reported stolen out of Pleasant Hill, police said.

The driver did not stop and led officers on a pursuit through a residential neighborhood at speeds of more than 50 mph, according to police.

At the intersection of Lassen Street and Clark Drive, the driver stopped and then accelerated in reverse toward the officers. As the officers were exiting their marked patrol car, the suspect rammed his vehicle into the patrol car, police said.

The officers fired on the suspect, striking him multiple times. He was taken into custody, identified as Brown, and taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. An update on Brown's condition was not immediately available this morning.

Brown has a 2012 conviction for a similar incident in which he tried to strike Vallejo police officers with a car as they tried to take him into custody. He served a prison sentence and was on parole at the time of Sunday's incident, according to police.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave while the case is investigated by the Solano County District Attorney's Office and Vallejo police, as is standard procedure, according to police.