Shots fired after police officer's car stolen in Stockton

4:00 PM, May 24, 2010   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - Stockton police are investigating why a Contra Costa County Community College District police officer fired shots at his stolen car.

Officer Pete Smith with the Stockton Police Department says an off-duty police officer's personal vehicle was stolen from his driveway on Kyburz Court Monday morning .  Smith said the ignition was turned on at the time.  When the officer saw his car being taken he pursued it.  

The suspected car thief, later identified as Timothy Clark Tanner, came to a dead end on Old Spanish Drive and the officer approached his car, Smith said.  The officer, fearing for his safety, shot into the car, Smith said. It was unknown how many shots were fired. Tanner was able to escape in the car but abandoned it a few blocks away.

Nearby, San Joaquin, Marshall and Taylor elementary schools were in lockdown for a short time but that was lifted at 8:45 a.m.

Tanner, who was not injured, was arrested just after 10 a.m. by Stockton police, Smith said.  



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