Body found in van of man who allegedly shot BART officer


BART police discovered this evening a dead man inside a U-Haul truck that was used by the man who allegedly shot a BART police officer in the arm at the Hayward BART station Thursday morning, according to police.

The body was discovered as investigators were conducting a forensic analysis of the suspect vehicle, police said.

At 11:11 a.m., an officer noticed a man acting suspiciously in the BART station parking structure. The man was walking around the parking structure and had been seen earlier driving a U-Haul truck, according to police.

The officer called for assistance.

When the suspect walked away from the parking structure, the officer followed him as he walked on Grand Street, police said.

While the officer ran his name through police dispatch, he learned the suspect was on probation with a search clause, according to police.

When the officer went to search the suspect, the suspect resisted and reached for his waistband. The suspect then pulled out a gun and shot several rounds, police said.

One officer was shot in the arm. Another officer returned fire, wounding the suspect, according to police.

Both the suspect and the injured officer were taken to the hospital.

The officer suffered injuries not considered life-threatening and has since been released from the hospital, police said.

The suspect underwent surgery for his injuries and is currently in stable condition, according to police.

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