Richmond, CA – Oakland and Richmond police released bodycam video of a gun battle with a kidnapping suspect who was believed to have just dumped a Vallejo woman’s body from a van onto the side of the road (video below).
The incident began at about 7:35 a.m. on April 16 when family members called Vallejo police about the disappearance of 29-year-old Tamisha Thomas, KPIX reported.
Family members called the police after Thomas went out to breakfast with 24-year-old Juan Ayon-Barraza and didn’t return.
Ayon-Barraza allegedly called her family and mocked them after he attacked Thomas, and then disappeared for several hours, KPIX reported.
Then a witness spotted him dumping a woman’s body, wrapped up in a blanket, out of a white van onto the side of the road near Pinehurst Road and Skyline Boulevard.
Officers spotted the van the witness described nearby in Moraga and tried to pull it over, but the driver fled and led police on a 20-minute pursuit across three different jurisdictions, KPIX reported.
Ayon-Barraza raced through city streets at 100 mph and exited the freeway in Richmond.
Then he pointed a handgun out the window at officers in the middle of a residential area.
Multiple Oakland police officers and a Richmond officer opened fire in response to the threat, KPIX reported.
Richmond Police Chief Bisa French said Richmond Police Officer Joe DeOrian saw the driver raise a gun and fired several shots through his windshield and driver’s side window at Ayon-Barraza as the white van passed him, The Mercury News reported.
That’s when the van crashed into an Oakland police SUV and ran over the Oakland police officers who had been standing next to the vehicle.
It’s not known if Ayon-Barraza was shot before his van barreled into the police officer and vehicle, or if the crash was a result of him losing control of the vehicle after he was hit, The Mercury News reported.
Bodycam video showed Officer DeOrian reloaded his service weapon and fired at least twice more into the van after the crash.
The officer who had been struck by the van was not able to get up or otherwise remove himself to safety.
Video from a police helicopter showed other officers grabbed the wounded officer and dragged him to safety behind a vehicle as officers continued firing on the van.
Then they quickly shoved him into the back of a patrol vehicle to transport him to the hospital.
In the video, it appeared an officer thought the wounded officer had been shot.
“Where were you shot? Where were you shot?” multiple officers can be heard asking.
The wounded officer told them he’d been run over, not shot, the video showed.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, according to KPIX.
Police said that Ayon-Barraza had an active arrest warrant related to a prior domestic violence case when he had allegedly held a knife to a woman’s throat and sexually assaulted her in front of her child.
His latest victim, Thomas, was transported to the hospital where she remained on life support for several weeks before she died, The Mercury News reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Violence and Obscene Language: