Two vehicles exchange gunfire during high-speed chase through Lake County
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CLEARLAKE // On October 24th at around 10:30 PM, officers began investigating a shooting which had reportedly just occurred at Flyers gas station at 15010 Lakeshore Drive.
Witnesses reported that the two vehicles involved — a white Jeep Cherokee and a grey Ford Taurus — had fled north on Old Highway 53.
Apparently, one of the Jeep’s occupants had opened fire at a group of men standing near the Taurus. Nobody appeared to have been struck.
One of the men removed an object from the Taurus’ trunk, then two others jumped in and began chasing the Jeep. It was during this time that Clearlake PD was inundated with calls reporting two vehicles exchanging gunfire.
Clearlake PD reports that calls came in from areas near Olympic Drive, Clearlake Community Senior Center, Pomo School, Old Highway 53, 18th Avenue, and 33rd Avenue, respectively. The vehicles are believed to have also ended up on northbound Highway 29 near Bell Park Avenue in Lower Lake, based on a call made to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center.
Responding officers visited these locations to collect evidence and interview witnesses.
Then, just after midnight, a woman called police claiming to be the driver of the Jeep they were looking for, saying it had been damaged by gunfire and than she’d been chased to an area near State Park in Kelseyville. Investigating officers met with her and discovered that she was actually driving a Jeep Patriot, which strongly resembles a Jeep Cherokee and did, indeed, have extensive gunfire damage to the rear.
The woman was interviewed and released without charges.
Later that same morning, 36-year-old Robert Bradley of Clearlake was identified as a person of interest in the incident, and was arrested on a “parole violation hold.” The case remains under investigation and Bradley has yet to be charged in relation to this incident, nor have the Jeep and Taurus been located. The remaining suspects are still at large.