Suspect fatally shot after chase, crash

Mother identifies son after Oakland shooting

December 21, 2010 12:35:52 AM PST
In Oakland, one man is dead and another is still on the run after a high speed chase that ended in a wreck, but it wasn't the crash that killed the man, a bullet did.

Police say they had good reason to believe these men were armed and dangerous because they say they found an assault rifle with a banana clip inside the suspect vehicle that crashed through a neighbor's fence. One man was shot and killed, two men were arrested at the scene, and a fourth one is still at large.

Police say when the suspect vehicle smashed into a fence, that's when four young men bailed out. A pursuing patrol car also crashed into the same fence.

"Two of our officers was following one of the people that was inside the vehicle. That person did have a handgun and was shot. He was pronounced dead on the scene," says Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason.

"I was told by phone calls that it was my son, and the police won't deny or confirm it," says Octavia Edwards.

Late Monday night, Octavia told ABC7 she identified her son at the coroner's office; he was 19-year-old Ahba Taiye Edwards.

This all started when police say they spotted four men in a vehicle matching the description of one connected to a shooting that took place last week in West Oakland. Undercover cops spotted them at MLK and Sycamore, then chased them about three miles down I-580 where it ended at 33rd Street and 13th Avenue. Ahba was shot a few doors away.

"And the police said well they found a gun, but I was told they found a gun over there behind the bushes by one of the neighbors," says Octavia.

It's still unclear whether Ahba had the gun on him when he was shot. Police say the details will come out after the officers and witnesses are interviewed.

Police say they'll hold a press conference on Tuesday morning and we hope to find out exactly how and why Ahba was shot and killed.

Meanwhile, a fourth man -- believed to be armed and dangerous -- is still running from police.


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