Brazen police shootout leaves one dead

April 26, 2008 6:33:08 PM PDT
A lot of questions are surrounding a man that was gunned down by Oakland police Saturday afternoon.

It happened on 2800 block of East 7th Street. Police say it started out with a carjacking and hostage situation and then quickly escalated into a worse case scenerio.

We have confirmation from a family member thatthe man that was shot is a 21-year-old Oakland resident Andrew Gonzales. He was wanted in several Bay Area cities for several robberies, carjackings and home invasions.

Investigators say it started at the carjacking and officers chased him to Oakland just off of Interstate 880.

Officers say they set up a perimeter when a man tried to unsuccessfully carjack another person. When that didn't work, officers say Gonzales went in a nearby home and assaulted a person before bringing them outside trying to force them to drive.

The victim was able to get out of the car and run off. Officers say the armed man got in the driver's seat and drove off violently. That is when officers shot and killed the man.

"Officers haven't been interviewed right now so I don't know what their mindset or what their positions were, but at that time they felt deadly force was the only force necessary to bring this immediately to a stop and to stop any further incidents of violence or harm to anybody else," says Officer Roland Holmbren.

The man that was assaulted was treated by medical personnel. Investigators from the District Attorney's Office and Alameda and Oakland police departments were still on the scene to spend several hours investigating.


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