DO NOT stand down range from a high risk traffic stop

Gunshots heard on Treasure Island Wednesday evening led police to an 18-year-old Daly City man suspected of having stolen a Toyota minivan, police said Friday.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired on the island at about 5:50 p.m., and arriving officers found 14 spent bullet casings strewn along the shoreline.

Witnesses said that the suspect drove off in a blue-green Toyota minivan, police said. Once the description was broadcast over the police radio, responding officers spotted the vehicle driving toward San Francisco on the Bay Bridge.

When police ran the vehicle's plate, it came up as having been stolen, police said.

Upon exiting the bridge, the suspect drove onto Mission Street, where officers pulled the minivan over. Officers detained two people who had been in the car and searched the vehicle, finding a loaded handgun and a box of ammunition on the floorboard, police said.

The gun and the box of ammunition matched the caliber of the spent rounds found on Treasure Island, police said. The driver was also allegedly found to be in possession of the vehicle keys and remote key fob.

The 23-year-old female passenger, of Union City, was later released, but the driver, Lester Lewis, 18, of Daly City, was booked on suspicion of auto theft, possession of a stolen car, several weapons violations and driving with a suspended license, police said.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

For future reference, whenever you find yourself standing IN FRONT of the suspect's vehicle when the police are conducting a high risk/felony traffic stop, it would probably be a GOOD idea to get the hell out of the area.

More police ended up arriving later to tell these people to move out of the area because they were down range from the felony traffic stop. The female suspect had a pistol and dropped it out the driver side window before this person started filming.