Suspect was wanted in multiple New York felonies; officer was hit by gunfire

A shooting that injured a New York police officer outside a diner in Santa Clara, California is being investigated as a pursuit gone wrong.

But Santa Clara Police Chief Jamie Yamasaki said Monday that, despite initial reports, officers are not armed with Tasers.

However, he and other police officials are trying to determine whether the officer involved — who was in critical condition — was wearing his body camera when he was shot.

Suspect Adrian Owens, 26, later died after a shootout in a remote area of Morgan Hill. The police chief said Owens had appeared on the sheriff’s department radar after he had been charged with multiple felonies.

But before he was captured, he ditched his stolen car at a convenience store. He was approached by a female officer who was hit by gunfire, and the officer chased him into a nearby field, police said.

Here’s what we know:

Monday’s incident began shortly before 1:30 a.m. local time when a 911 caller said a vehicle had stolen in New York City, according to police.

Officers responded with several squad cars and, in an area near a Catholic school, spotted the suspect in a stolen Nissan Altima and pursued it, police said.

One officer, a 28-year-old New York City police veteran, was shot in the foot while sitting in his police car.

The officer was hospitalized in critical condition, and the suspect was shot in the head and both legs, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.

Police recovered the stolen Nissan Altima at the scene of the incident.

Police had found a hotel room last Wednesday where the suspect was staying, according to authorities. But he left before officers arrived, police said.

Police in New York had accused Owens of robbery, grand larceny auto theft, possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor conviction, records show. He had also been arrested for criminal trespass, according to law enforcement officials.

Authorities said he was believed to be on probation for a March 2018 grand larceny auto case, according to New York police records.

By Jim Predmore and Steve Almasy, CNN

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