Man critical after officer shooting

June 6, 2008 1:22:02 PM PDT
Oakland police have released the name of a 29-year-old city resident who remains in critical condition today after a police-involved shooting Thursday afternoon.

Officers in the 2300 block of 88th Avenue around 12:45 p.m. allegedly observed Tavares Cobb involved in a hand-to-hand narcotics transaction. The officers then attempted to stop him, but Cobb fled in his red Cadillac El Dorado.

The El Dorado became stuck between another vehicle and the curb at 82nd and Bancroft avenues, police said.

When officers approached the vehicle and ordered Cobb to exit, he accelerated, striking one of the officers.

Two officers then fired shots at the vehicle, striking Cobb several times and causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and hit a privately owned fence.

Cobb was taken into custody for assault on police officers and possession of narcotics and was transported to a local hospital. Police said he was treated for his injuries and is expected to survive.

The officer who was struck by Cobb's car was reportedly not injured.


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