1 dead after gun battle with Oakland cops

July 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The kind of shoot-out you see in the movies people saw in real life today on a busy Oakland street. Bullets were flying in both directions from police and the man they were chasing.

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Rarely is Oakland's International Boulevard silent, but on Wednesday evening the stores were shut down and only police were left in the street.

"We closed. We're scared, we don't open the store, we don't know what's going on, so that's why," says Louis Lam, an International aquarium owner.

Police shot a man on International Boulevard. Two uniformed Oakland police officers stopped the suspect as he walked in on 16th. Police won't say why they stopped the suspect, but they do say he had a gun and started firing at them as he ran in that direction.

"This was a running gun battle in the streets where the suspect was firing at the officers and the officers were firing at the suspect," says Oakland Police Officer Jeff Thomason.

"It's pretty bad in broad daylight that something like that would affect the community here," says Chris Granillo, a resident.

Shell casings were scattered along two blocks and they come to a stop, where the suspect died.

"I heard like boom, boom, and that's it," said Joe Salvana, a resident. "It just makes me angry. I want this to stop. I want Oakland more in peace."

It's a sentiment felt by a city that's now facing its third officer involved shooting of 2009. The first was March 21st, the day four officers were murdered by a wanted parolee.

On Wednesday, Oakland's police chief walked through this bullet riddled neighborhood, but said very little.

Those who waited hours to get past the police tape did the same. They simply wanted this deadly day to pass, and waited for a new day to begin.

A bystander was hurt by some flying glass, but the man was not seriously hurt and was taken to a local hospital.

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