SAN LEANDRO -- Authorities have identified two robbery suspects -- one shot by an Alameda County sheriff's deputy -- who were injured during a weekend convenience store heist and high-speed police chase.
A deputy shot and wounded 21-year-old Oakland resident Carlos Smith in the arm and leg after the 1:30 a.m. Saturday robbery at the 7-Eleven at the corner of East 14th Street and Fairmont Drive in unincorporated San Leandro, sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
Shortly after the shooting, deputies arrested a second suspect -- Mark Ziko, 21, of San Leandro -- after he reportedly led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in Hayward.
Both men remained hospitalized Monday with non-life-threatening conditions at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Nelson said. They were arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ziko also was arrested on suspicion of felony evading police.
On the morning of the robbery, the men allegedly assaulted the store clerk and stole cigarettes and cash, Nelson said. During the assault, the clerk was able to push an alert button, and two deputies nearby rushed to the store as the suspects ran away.
Smith refused an officer's order to remove his hand from a front pocket, Nelson said. The suspect then turned, and, one of the officers, a sergeant who feared for his safety, fired and wounded Smith.
During the shooting the second suspect, who police identified as Ziko, got into a Chevrolet Impala and took off, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash at the Industrial Boulevard off-ramp along Highway 92 in Hayward.
Officers did not find weapons on either suspect.
The clerk, who was assaulted during the robbery, was taken to a hospital, treated and released. Nelson said, however, that the clerk remains "shaken."
The sergeant who fired his gun has been placed on paid administrative leave -- a standard procedure -- pending investigations by the sheriff's office and Alameda County prosecutors.
Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.