Video from the shooting of an allegedly stolen car driver released by police

SAN FRANCISCO — California police released Tuesday footage and new details about a shootout with a suspect they say crashed into another vehicle and led police on a chase earlier this month that ended in a Santa Clara County neighborhood.

Santa Clara police confirmed to The Washington Post that they have obtained a video, taken by a security camera, showing the moments leading up to the Sept. 11 crash and shootout at Embarcadero and San Felipe avenues in Santa Clara.

As seen in the video, Michael Medina is driving his Honda Accord on Embarcadero Avenue and appears to reach into the driver’s door on the passenger side while an officer, armed with a shotgun, approaches the window. As the officer walks around to the driver’s side, Medina begins to drive away, blowing through several stop signs and driving erratically.

As the officer follows Medina, he eventually drives into the front passenger side of a Chevrolet Equinox, causing the Equinox’s driver to lose control. The Equinox comes to a stop in the street, igniting a brief fire on the hood. A few moments later, the Accord begins to mount the curb on the opposite side of the intersection, and a short pursuit is then observed as Medina is chased down the road.

Medina plows his car off the street and crashes into a home, and an officer shoots him as the driver flees the scene, Santa Clara police said.

Medina is the oldest of seven children, all of whom are believed to be in the United States legally. He was known for having a large criminal record and pleaded guilty in April 2013 to a series of charges in federal court, including having a gun during a drug trafficking crime.

Authorities said they found a loaded handgun in the Honda after the crash.

Medina, 34, was arrested at the scene and booked on suspicion of evading a police officer, robbery, forgery, evading a police officer, conspiracy to commit a felony, possessing a stolen vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm. He remained at Santa Clara County Jail on Wednesday.

Police told a news conference in San Jose on Monday that the stolen vehicle was reported stolen from a city in Contra Costa County before the Bay Area chase.

The officer who shot at Medina has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department policy.

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