Suspect Crashes Into Undercover Cop Car and Gets Shot At, All Over a Leaf Blower?
According to a police report, 50-year-old Luis Ramirez placed a $700 backpack leaf blower and other lawn care equipment on his apartment balcony to load into his truck for the day, then went inside to use the restroom. When he returned, a man was standing there, blower in hand. When the man confronted the thief, he jumped over the balcony and drove away in a green Honda CRV.
Ramirez managed to follow the man long enough to get a description of his vehicle, which he passed along to police. About 45 minutes later, undercover officers located the vehicle, unoccupied, at a motel in the 12600 block of Northwest Highway and called in uniformed backup. The man returned to the vehicle and began to drive away as the officers were entering the lot.
When they tried to stop him, he threw the CRV into reverse, and backed into the unmarked car containing the undercover officers. The uniformed police got out of their car to arrest the suspect, who continued to drive away. The officers fired several shots before he surrendered.
Police have not yet named the suspect.