An alleged attempted burglary at a Benicia Raley’s led to a retired police officer being hit by a suspect’s vehicle and the same retired officer shooting at the vehicle.
According to the Vallejo Times Herald, the incident, which was reported at around 3:16 p.m., began at the store when a woman’s wallet was allegedly stolen. The suspect, Arshawn Neal, 46, of Fairfield, was confronted by another shopper, Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig wrote in a press release.
A retired officer tried to intervene in the incident but the interaction turned violent and led to the parking lot.
According to Hartig, as Neal was being detained by the retired officer, a second retired officer tried to assist, but Neal managed to pass the stolen item to an accomplice, Stephon Anthony, 50, of Oakland.
According to the Vallejo Times Herald, the second retired officer went after Anthony as he tried to get away in a vehicle and was allegedly struck by the vehicle. According to police, the officer feared for his life and fired his gun at the vehicle as it drove toward him again. The officer hit the grill and the left side, but was able to move out of the way of the vehicle before it could strike him another time. He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries.
The two officers’ names and agency were not released.
Benicia police responded to the incident and were able to locate Anthony. He was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance. Neal was arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property.
Both Anthony and Neal are reported to have prior criminal histories according to the Vallejo Times Herald.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Detective Roger Yokoi at 707-746-4244.
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