[UPDATED with Vincent Leon's Arrest:] Costa Mesa Cop Car Rammed Twice; Officer Fires Several Shots, But Driver Gets Away

Categories: Crime-iny
See the end of this post for an update on the arrest of the suspected driver, Vincent Leon.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 5, 2:23 P.M.: It was a wild morning at the New Harbor Inn in Costa Mesa, as a police patrol car was "violently" rammed twice by a black Nissan pickup, the officer inside responded with several shots fired at the truck, and a passenger got out and surrendered while the driver apparently got away on foot.

A manhunt for the driver is reportedly still on at this hour, according to the Costa Mesa Police Department.

The unidentified officer inside the patrol car had received an electronic vehicle tracking system signal just after 6:10 a.m. indicating a stolen 2001 black Nissan pickup was in the parking lot of New Harbor Inn, 2205 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, according to a statement from Costa Mesa Police Lt. Tim Schennum.

Just after he pulled into the southwest corner of the lot, the cop could see two males inside the stolen ride. And when the driver saw the patrol car approaching, he immediately backed up the truck then accelerated forward to slam into the cop unit. Twice.

The officer, who feared for his safety, according to Schennum, fired his duty weapon several times at the Nissan, which was struck multiple times. That's when the passenger, who is not being identified because of his age, got out of the truck and surrendered. He was not injured.

The truck driver got out as well, but he took off on foot, as shown in these two surveillance photos released by Costa Mesa Police:

 
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Photos courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department
The suspect driver flees ...
 
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... and hops a wall to freedom.

The driver was last seen running eastbound from the parking lot, onto Harbor Boulevard and an unknown destination. Costa Mesa cops on the ground, assisted by an Orange County Sheriff's Department bloodhound and Huntington Beach Police Department helicopter, mounted an intense search of the area this morning, but the suspect was not found.

He is described as male, Hispanic and 19 to 24 years old. He is wanted for auto theft and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer. It is unclear if he was injured in the police shooting, which is being investigated by the Orange County District Attorney's office, as is routine.

Anyone with further information about the crime or the fugitive is asked to contact Detective Jose Morales at 714.754.5356.

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Vincent Leon
UPDATE, JULY 16, 8:41 A.M.: According to the Costa Mesa Police Department, the manhunt for the driver took them to the area of Pullman Street and Dyer Road in Santa Ana Friday afternoon.

It was there detectives spotted 27-year-old suspect Vincent Leon, who cops described as a parolee-at-large. Leon is alleged to have made the detectives before darting off on foot. He surrendered after a short chase, according to police.

Leon was booked on suspicion of attempted murder and outstanding warrants.

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colegerson
colegerson

How was the officer afraid for his life when the suspect was trying to get away from him, the last thing it would seem a suspect would do is kill a police officer, garner more attention and go to jail. Police value their safety a lot more then the innocent bystanders who could of been shot. If the police officers were smart, they would have waited for the suspect to pull over and get some food at a drive through, then block his car and pull out their firearms and force him to surrender, the officers actions of shooting the vehicle were unwarranted. It seems to me the police officer who shot at the suspects car values being deemed a hero more important then running away and retreating to a safe distance and calling for back up.... Unfortunately LT Schennum does not think so, in the circumstances that the police officers were in, and the lack of training he is well aware of that all police officers receive he in his own mind believes the police officers actions were correct and no discipline should of been taken.

 

If I was Tim, I would of deemed the police officers actions as hazardous and taken away his gun and badge for several days with out pay, retrain him and let the officer go on the street again. The best type of training is the type you get from real experiences (the situation and through hindsight, when praised, hindsight that can help retrain you doesn't come into play...), and Tim didn't allow the officer to think twice about his actions and how he could of handled the situation differently and instead praised him for such a wonderful unsafe job he did.... It is frankly irresponsible for a police officer to be praised and be the talk of the department when his actions were frankly wrong and unjustified. I think Mr. Schennum needs to be retrained, also have a psychological test to deem if he has enough empathy.... Criminals do not always think like how police officers think they think. Brains are different, everyone thinks different, there are billions of ways to interpret another persons actions, and the only person that knows why they took the action is the one who actually took it.

 

He can say, I read it, I wasn't there, I don't know all the facts, but the fact is, I'm writing this knowing a quarter of the information he had, and I am making the better decisions.

colegerson
colegerson

How was the officer afraid for his life when the suspect was trying to get away from him, the last thing it would seem a suspect would do is kill a police officer, garner more attention and go to jail. Police value their safety a lot more then the innocent bystanders who could of been shot. If the police officers were smart, they would have waited for the suspect to pull over and get some food at a drive through, then block his car and pull out their firearms and force him to surrender, the officers actions of shooting the vehicle were unwarranted. It seems to me the police officer who shot at the suspects car values being deemed a hero more important then running away and retreating to a safe distance and calling for back up.... Unfortunately LT Schennum does not think so, in the circumstances that the police officers were in, and the lack of training he is well aware of that all police officers receive he in his own mind believes the police officers actions were correct and no discipline should of been taken.

 

If I was Tim, I would of deemed the police officers actions as hazardous and taken away his gun and badge for several days with out pay, retrain him and let the officer go on the street again. The best type of training is the type you get from real experiences (the situation and through hindsight, when praised, hindsight that can help retrain you doesn't come into play...), and Tim didn't allow the officer to think twice about his actions and how he could of handled the situation differently and instead praised him for such a wonderful unsafe job he did.... It is frankly irresponsible for a police officer to be praised and be the talk of the department when his actions were frankly wrong and unjustified. I think Mr. Schennum needs to be retrained, also have a psychological test to deem if he has enough empathy....

 

He can say, I read it, I wasn't there, I don't know all the facts, but the fact is, I'm writing this knowing a quarter of the information he had, and I am making the better decisions.

Elindsay45
Elindsay45

 First of all my husband isn't a gangster, second he isn't Hispanic.  My husband is a loving man,, who all though has had his ups and downs with the law,  His issues are not to have or be involved in a life of crime.  What you are lacking to look at, or possibly even comprehend is that there are other things in ones life that can sometimes bring themselves to their knees.  Vincent is a soft spoken, well mannered, well read person. He is always willing to help out anyone.  He always volunteers first.  He is a good friend to everyone, and he never sweats the small stuff.  He is the most amazing partner of my lifetime.  I understand that this situation is all sorts of bad.  But did you ever think that you are only hearing one side of the story, "THE LAWS SIDE OF THE STORY" and well if you know the reputation there....... well then you know there are hiccups and bumps along there road. Anyhow its also called innocent until proven GUILTY!!!!! You see whatever happened that morning has know changed my husbands life how sad it has to be this way.  This has also changed his family, as well as my own life.  I am sitting here missing my partner, my Vinny and as alone as I a feeling right now, I can bet that it is nothing compared to how alone he is feeling.  I would think twice before putting your foot in your mouth I mean really he went back out to do more crime you say.  At least I can say that that's not true and know I will stand by him, and have my faith in god to get us through this terrible incident.

Streets
Streets

Un Correcto....."ageofnonsence".. :)..........

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And when the driver saw the patrol car approaching, he immediately backed up the truck then accelerated forward to slam into the cop unit. Twice.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 As I recall the Boy Scouts of America can be considered "Gangs" by federal standards. I remember the Super Bowl in Dallas was reported to have record numbers of child prostitutes invading the city, yet, after the game there were only a few locals taken into custody. I have met a few local Gang Bangers, and they have nothing but contempt for any Arabs. but as I recall, according to some police guidelines any latin male with short hair or a bald head, or tattoos, or wearing or being in possession of a colored handkerchief may be a gang banger...

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 Do Spanish surnames make them Mexican? or Perhaps, Guatamalan, Salvadoran, Nicaraguan, Colombian or even American?

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 I remember a group of white tweekers in AZ were popped for stealing a number of cars, The Phoenix Police, (NOT sheriff joe) recovered over 60 stolen cars from them. They even had a stolen U-haul truck they used to move evicted friends.

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 I read another article elsewhere that federal arrest statistics are not separated by Illegal Immigrants or Legal Immigrants. They only show Immigrants, be they Brown, Red, White Yellow or Black they are all the same in that statistic. Now, it is possible that has changed in the past 6 months or so, but I doubt it.

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

De cual fumo el marica de Ronaldo.  Fui al zoologico de Sandiego Y los animales se portan mejor que los humanos.  Menos los changos, esos empiezan a tirar mierda de la nada como el Ronaldo Y ageofknowledge

Todd Sputnik
Todd Sputnik

But what about the abject theft of the entire North American continent by a bunch of fairy-tale (i.e. "Bible" wielding) albino Christianists and outcasts from Europe?  That's something that needs to be looked into.

Streets
Streets

Wow...I did read that this guy was a criminal ...but I didnt see anything about him being a gang member?  Oh yeah Age's keen sence of assumption..........BTW, whites would never ever steal a car, or run from the police....only Hispanics do......according to Age of nonsence..........

Ronaldo
Ronaldo

 What kills me (and is literally killing Americans of ALL races) is the news-blackout and outright censorship we find in the media when it comes to the whole illegal-alien crime issue.  Two weeks ago there was a major gang-sweep in 6 southland locations and only NBC reported it.  Memorial Day weekend saw two brazen Latino gang-style murders (Fontana and Koreatown) where the suspect-description "latino" was omitted by the networks.  The L.A. Times, O.C. Weekly, etc., are liberal open-border papers, too, with their total lack of showing any editorial concern on this big public-safety issue--obviously, "agenda" comes first. 

Ronaldo
Ronaldo

 Psst, "Age"--Gustavo was rendered speechless by my analogy that may've been a little over-the-top (of his head, maybe?).  Don't you think he could be the "Bill Cosby" to his people, once he gets out of denial-mode?  By the way, here's the current LAPD Top Ten Most Wanted Gang-Members:  Fernando Araujo, Eric Cahuex, Merced Cambero, Ismael Campos, Rudulpho Diaz, Mario Lemus, Gildardo Pena, Jose Saenz, Roberto Salazar, Felix Ugelde.

Ronaldo
Ronaldo

 Gustavo-bro, why bother to cage-in the lions at the zoo?  Most well-fed lions are peaceful and lazy, and besides, elephants and hippos actually kill more people each year. And   why should we bother to deport dangerous criminals, enforce our border, or maintain our jail-system, for that matter?  Most criminals won't bother you, and hell, there are plenty of natural dangers, like earthquakes and heart-attacks waiting to strike.  So, why worry about a sociopathic deported felon roaming our streets? 

Karney
Karney

The officer should be fired for failing to kill at least the driver.  The officer had every right to have killed the lowlife!

river side flower
river side flower

The officer, who feared for his safety, according to Schennum, fired his duty weapon several times at the Nissan, which was struck multiple times. That's when the passenger, who is not being identified because of his age, got out of the truck and surrendered. He was not injured.

Ronaldo
Ronaldo

16-year-old Jamiel Shaw was murdered by a previously-deported illegal-alien gangster who was free to commit (and celebrate) his terrible crime because of our unsecured border and sanctuary-city laws.  Please console his parents with your crime-statistics. 

Steve Belanger
Steve Belanger

Gustavo why do you continue to feed the trolls from Costa Mesa?

Ronaldo
Ronaldo

Gustavo will evidently continue to be the brilliant-but-head-in-the-sand genius who just can't handle the truth.  For starters, Gustavo, please visit the LAPD's Top-Ten Most Wanted and check out about ten of your compadres.  I say "brilliant" with no sarcasm at all, but his level of denial about the illegal-alien gang/crime issue is truly monumental, and as a very wise dude once said, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem."

Jacques P Kelly
Jacques P Kelly

hey hes need the truck to look for a job what wrong with that

Todd Sputnikraigosa
Todd Sputnikraigosa

"What kills me (and is literally killing Americans of ALL races) is the news-blackout and outright censorship we find in the media when it comes to the whole illegal-alien crime issue."  hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.  Actually, what is killing you is your inability to afford anything other than fast food because you went to Bible college and the only job you can get is posting ads for CashLazy.com.

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