Suspects in Custody for Shooting at CHP Officers during a Stolen Car Chase
OAKLAND — Two men who allegedly shot at California Highway Patrol officers were arrested by Oakland police with assistance from Hayward police. Both suspects remain in custody pending arraignment on December 18.
The shooting occurred when CHP officers attempted to stop a 2006 Mercedes- Benz on December 1. It had no license plates and turned out to be stolen. It was traveling at speeds up to 100 mph eastbound on I-580, before exiting on 98th
One of the occupants leaned out a window during the pursuit and shot at the CHP officers. No one was injured and the CHP officers opted not to return fire.
Oakland police were notified that a chase was in progress, but the CHP lost sight of the suspects on the 2700 block of 98th Avenue. Oakland units responded to help search for them.
The Mercedes was later found abandoned near Thermal Avenue and Seneca Street. Witnesses told officers the driver crashed into a parked car, and that three occupants fled from the Mercedes.
A semi-automatic firearm believed used to shoot at the CHP officers was also recovered as evidence.
Orozco and Beltran are presently denied bond for release. Orozco has four—and Beltran 16 prior arrests. Both men have previous convictions.
Orozco faces 12 charges for the shooting incident. His charges include attempted murder and assault of an officer, weapons-related charges, and vehicle theft.
Beltran faces 9 charges, including attempted murder and assault of an officer, and weapons-related charges.