A San Pablo man was arrested on suspicion of striking an on-duty firefighter with his vehicle in Petaluma early Saturday, police said.
Petaluma police responded at about 3:11 a.m. to a call from their city’s fire department reporting that one of their firefighters “had just been intentionally stuck by a vehicle,” police said.
Police met with the firefighter who was not seriously injured. At the time, the firefighter was on the scene assisting a patient who was having a medical issue in a shopping center parking lot.
The injured firefighter provided a description of the suspect, who was later identified by police as Everal Thompson, 30, of San Pablo.
Thompson had reportedly approached fire personnel as they were tending to the patient and began to ask them questions, police said. After they asked Thompson to leave, he entered his vehicle, drove toward and struck the firefighter, then drove off, police said.
Police later contacted Thompson and he was identified by the firefighter. He was arrested and during an inventory of his vehicle as it was being towed, a loaded handgun was located in the passenger area, police said.
“Thompson is a convicted felon and prohibited from owning firearms,” police said. “He was transported to the Sonoma County Jail and booked for the above charges.”