Pleasanton police are investigating after an exchange of gunfire during an apparent auto theft attempt in the Canyon Meadows neighborhood just before dawn Tuesday.
There have been no reports of gunshot injuries thus far, and detectives remained at the scene beyond noon while continuing their investigation, according to Sgt. Marty Billdt.
Billdt said the situation unfolded around 4:50 a.m. in a parking lot in the neighborhood just off Dublin Canyon Road on the far-northwest side of Pleasanton. Multiple callers dialed 911 to report shots fired.
Pleasanton police officers arrived to find that a man confronted two suspects inside and around his vehicle moments earlier, according to Billdt. Police described the situation as an attempted auto theft, although it wasn't made clear whether the suspects were trying to steal the vehicle or items inside.
"The victim was pepper-sprayed by a suspect and heard a shot fired towards him," Billdt said. "The victim, who was legally in possession of a firearm and able to carry, fired multiple rounds towards the suspects."
Two vehicles parked in the lot were struck by bullets, according to Billdt. It is unclear whether any people involved were hit, but the sergeant said police have not received any reports of injuries related to the incident as of noon Tuesday.
The culprits drove away from the complex in a pickup truck headed in an unknown direction, according to Billdt. Police have not released descriptions of the suspects nor the make or model of their vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing. Billdt said anyone who may have witnessed the incident or any relevant information about the case can call police at 925-931-5100.