Car chase ends in crash, police shooting, arrests
on December 20, 2010
On Monday afternoon, Oakland police shot and killed a man following a chase involving a car that was wanted in connection with a previous Oakland shooting.
According to a press release issued Monday evening by the Oakland Police Department, at about 2:15 p.m. undercover police officers were informed that a vehicle believed to have been used during a December 17 shooting had been seen near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Sycamore Street in West Oakland. Four men were in the vehicle, which was headed towards the freeway.
Officers in marked police cars joined the undercover officers, and the driver led the police on a three-mile chase on eastbound 580 through East Oakland. The chase ended when the vehicle careened into a house near East 33rd Street and 13th Avenue.
According to the OPD, after all four men fled the car on foot, two officers followed one of the men and fatally shot him. The OPD has not yet released a statement regarding why the officers opened fire, but according to the police press release, a handgun was found near the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. An assault rifle was also found the abandoned car, according to police.
According to media reports, two of the other three men were apprehended. KTVU Channel 2 has some footage from the crash site immediately after the incident.
The two officers have been placed on paid leave and the police department’s Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions, as well the District Attorney’s Office, are investigating the incident. The OPD’s press release states that more information about the events leading to the shooting will be released after witness and officer interviews are completed.
The Oakland Police Department recently hosted sessions for the public and for the media about when officers are authorized to use force, a particularly sensitive issue in Oakland since the November 8 officer-involved shooting of Oakland resident Derrick Jones.
Oakland North will continue to follow this story. December 21 update here.
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