OAKLAND -- A suspect dragged a sheriff's deputy with his car Saturday night, prompting gunfire that killed the suspect and left a deputy wounded in his foot, police said.

The suspect, who has not been named, died after the 9:45 p.m. confrontation at 33rd Avenue and San Leandro Street while the deputy was expected to survive his injuries. Authorities found a gun in the suspect's car, but it was wasn't clear who shot the deputy, said Alameda County Sheriff spokesman J.D. Nelson.

The incident began when two deputies pulled over the suspect's car and saw a passenger put something under his seat, which turned out to be drugs, Nelson said. So the deputies pulled the passenger out of the car and arrested him.

A second pair of deputies drove up to help out and were checking the driver when he allegedly sped away A deputy on the passenger side was dragged by the vehicle, while two other deputies opened fire. The gunfire wounded the driver several times, who subsequently crashed into a building about a block away.

"We're still trying to figure out exactly what happened," said Nelson. "The deputy was extremely lucky."

Contact Joshua Melvin at 650-348-4335. Follow him at Twitter.com/melvinreport.



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