A woman was arrested for attempted murder of a San Mateo police officer after she drove at him while trying to escape a neighborhood where her boyfriend was allegedly attempting to break in to an occupied home early Wednesday morning.
The unnamed police officer fired multiple shots at the woman’s vehicle and has since been placed on administrative leave, said San Mateo police Sgt. Rick Decker.
Police have identified the couple as San Bruno residents Maria King, 31, and Saliq “Leeky” Calloway, 22. The two have been in a romantic relationship for a few months and police are investigating whether they’re connected to other crimes. There has been a rise of property crimes along the Peninsula and the homeowner remained calm during the incident that prompted police to order neighboring residents to shelter in place, Decker said.
“It is pretty rare to have [a burglary] at night and especially to have the home be occupied. So it’s a pretty brazen crime and for us, it requires an urgent response because we have no idea what their intention is, especially when there’s a family inside,” Decker said.
Decker said the incident began around 2:45 a.m. when a resident on the 3100 block of Greenoak Court was awoken by Calloway attempting to break into his home in the Laurelwood neighborhood. The man reportedly saw a man in his backyard who shined a flashlight into the home, then heard someone trying to force their way in. The resident, whose wife was also at home, immediately called police to the scene.
Calloway did not gain entry to the home and managed to flee, Decker said.
The first officer to respond was a K9 handler who found King rummaging through a vehicle near Caxton Court, a few doors down from the interrupted burglary. The officer approached on foot but King ignored his requests for her to stop and instead got into a silver Dodge hatchback nearby. The officer approached the driver’s side fender but King then hit the gas, screeched her tires and intentionally turned the car toward the officer and his dog, Decker said.
The officer opened fire, striking the vehicle but not King, who narrowly missed the cop before being stopped by at least three more arriving officers a few blocks down the road, Decker said.
“She steered the car deliberately at him and the dog. He’s cooperating with the investigation and has been placed on administrative leave. The investigation will be ongoing with our department and the assistance of the District Attorney’s Office,” Decker said.
Police then issued an emergency notification call to more than 400 residents telling them to shelter in place while they looked for the male subject. After searching the backyards of nearby homes without any results, police determined there was no longer any danger to the neighborhood and lifted the order, Decker said.
Police then followed up with local cab companies and received a report of a suspicious man without shoes being given a ride to San Bruno. Police determined the suspect was dropped off near King’s residence and found Calloway, who’d apparently lost his shoes while running from police, nearby, Decker said.
King was arrested on three felonies for attempted murder of a police officer, burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime; as well as several misdemeanors for driving on a suspended license, burglary, resisting arrest, petty theft and being under the influence of methamphetamine, Decker said.
Calloway was arrested for felony burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, and was found to have two outstanding misdemeanor warrants related to narcotics charges. Both suspects also have prior criminal records, Decker said.
“Property crimes have become a priority [for police] in the last couple years. More and more we see offenders with violent criminal histories committing property crimes,” Decker said. “In this case, we were very thankful the victim was calm, despite the fact that someone was trying to break into his home … and he gave us the information we needed to plan a response and get there quickly.”
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