Wounded Fremont officer's condition improves

Fremont Police Officer Todd Young

August 31, 2010 6:34:39 PM PDT
The condition of a Fremont police officer who was shot while attempting to arrest a man in Oakland on Friday has improved slightly, Fremont police spokesman Detective Bill Veteran said today.

Veteran said 39-year-old Officer Todd Young is now in serious but stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland. He will have another surgery later today.

On Sunday, Young underwent bladder surgery, and the procedure was successful, Veteran said.

Young was shot when he and another officer attempted to arrest 20-year-old Andrew Barrientos at 2009 Auseon Ave., near Bancroft Avenue, in East Oakland at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Barrientos was eventually arrested in San Diego County near the Mexican border at about 2 p.m. Saturday. He's still in San Diego County and is expected to be brought back to Alameda County to face charges later this week.

Young has required more than 60 pints of blood because of the injuries he suffered, and donors have turned out in droves at blood centers across the Bay Area to help out, Red Cross spokeswoman Sara O'Brien said.

O'Brien said people have donated blood for Young at centers in Oakland, Pleasant Hill and Pleasanton over the past few days. She expects similarly high turnout when the Fremont-area blood bank at 39227 Cedar Blvd. in Newark opens at noon today for the first time since Young was shot.

"We're expecting a lot of local residents to donate," she said.

O'Brien said there's also been "amazing" support for Young in San Jose and it's expected that a previously scheduled blood drive at San Jose City Hall on Wednesday will now be in Young's honor.

Young's wife Nicole released the following statement:

I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the out pouring of support from the community for my husband. It is heart warming to hear the number of people that have donated blood in Todd's name. I have been told that this has been the largest blood donation since 9/11. I have shared this information with his fellow officers and the pride they feel shines through. Thank you all for your words of support, prayers and donations. There are no words to express my gratitude during this difficult time. A special thank you to the Fremont Police Department and the ICU staff at Highland hospital for all of their ongoing support. On behalf of myself, our children and the rest of Todd's family...Thank you.

Nicole Young
Wife of Officer Todd Young

Blood donations for Young continue to pour in. The American Red Cross took in twice as many donors as normal on Monday and says today was also very busy.

People can help by donating blood for Young with the American Red Cross. Appointments can be scheduled at any of the below American Red Cross locations by calling 1-800-448-3543 or 1-800-733-2767, or by going to www.redcrossbayarea.org. Some locations are open until 7:30 p.m.

There are five American Red Cross Agencies in the Bay Area that are accepting donations:

Pleasant Hill
140 Gregory Lane Ste 120
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Oakland
6230 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Pleasanton
5556 N Springdale Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94588

San Jose
2731 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA

Fremont
39227 Cedar Blvd
Fremont, CA 94560


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