WADSWORTH – A burglary suspect was shot and wounded by police after he crashed a stolen vehicle into a tree and brandished a weapon at officers Nov. 2 in Wadsworth, police said.
About 4:45 a.m. Nov. 2, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 13200 block of West Greenview Drive, Wadsworth, for a burglary in progress, according to a news release. The 911 caller indicated a man was trying to burglarize her car.
Deputies, including a canine team, arrived and located the suspect in the area. The man ran from deputies. The man entered a running vehicle in a driveway in the 13300 block of West Greenview Drive, according to a news release.
The vehicle he entered did not belong to him, but belonged to the homeowner. The suspect tried escaping in the vehicle but crashed into a tree.
The suspect brandished a pistol and one of the sheriff’s deputies shot the man. The firearm was recovered from the suspect, police said.
The man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Per protocol and state law, the Lake County Major Crime Task Force was requested to conduct an independent investigation of the officer-involved shooting.