A suspected car thief was arrested Wednesday morning by Alameda County Sheriff's deputies who shot at him when they thought he was reaching for a weapon, authorities said.
The man, whose name was not released, was not hit or injured.
About 11 a.m. Wednesday, the 21-year-old Hayward man was sitting in a stolen car near the intersection of Robscott and Hacienda avenues when deputies spotted the vehicle, authorities said.
Before deputies could move to talk to the man, he got out of the car and started to run toward a house. They ordered him to raise his hands and when he didn't comply, the deputy, fearing he was reaching for a weapon, fired one shot, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
The man ran back into the house, out the back door and then jumped several fences, broke into a house and tried to hide, Nelson said. Deputies found him and he was arrested. The deputy who fired the single shot was placed on routine paid administrative leave pending an investigation. The suspect had multiple felony warrants out for his arrest.