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They Went Out to Report on a Story. Then a Car Pulled Up

San Francisco news crew robbed, security guard shot
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2019 8:43 AM CST
Not what you expect when you go out to do some interviews.   (Getty Images/batuhan toker)

(Newser) – A scary scene unfolded for a KPIX 5 news crew on Sunday, ending in a robbery and the shooting of their security guard. Per CBS News and CBS San Francisco, reporter Joe Vazquez and cameraman John Anglin were in Oakland to cover the teachers strike there, and as they geared up for an interview at a local library around 5pm, a car suddenly pulled up. Two people emerged; one pulled a gun and insisted the men hand their camera over. They did, but then gunfire erupted between one of the suspects and the news crew's guard. The guard was shot in the upper leg, and he can be seen on the ground right after the shooting via a video Vazquez posted on Twitter. The guard, identified by the AP as retired Berkeley cop Matt Meredith, apparently didn't suffer life-threatening injuries and is listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The AP adds that guards are often hired to protect news crews, as these types of assaults are fairly common in the Bay Area. In his tweets, Vazquez laid out the incident, noting that as he and Anglin took cover in their van after giving up their camera, they heard "a flurry of loud gunshots" and saw that Meredith had been hit. Cops pursued a Lexus nearly two hours later, with alleged video of the chase circulating online. The driver ended up crashing and in police custody. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old male showed up at Highland Hospital about 15 minutes after the shooting to seek treatment for gunshot wounds. Cops detained him in connection with the security guard shooting. An Oakland PD rep says "several other individuals" have also been detained, per CBS San Francisco. Anglin's camera was also recovered. (Read more San Francisco stories.)

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