Shots fired by police during altercation with man armed with golf clubs

Bay City News
Saturday, February 7, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A 24-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly threatened to hurt his family in Oakland early Saturday morning, eventually leading a police officer to discharge a firearm, a police spokeswoman said

Officers responded to a report from a parent who said their son was armed and threatened to injure family members in the 2100 block of East 17th Street around 12:15 a.m., Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said.

The family member said the man was "mentally disturbed," according to Watson.

The man armed with two golf clubs tried to hit arriving officers, who tried to talk to him, Watson said.

The officers then used their tasers to stop the man from injuring them but did not hit the suspect, she said.

One of the officers then took out their firearm and discharged it, according to Watson.

The suspect was not injured by the gunfire and tasers, she said.

No injuries were reported.

Emergency crews transported the man to a hospital for medical clearance and a mental health evaluation, according to Watson.

The incident marks the first time in 20 months that an Oakland police officer discharged a firearm at a person, she said.

The officers who responded to the scene wore body cameras that were activated during the incident, Watson said.

Investigators are looking through footage from body cameras, according to Watson.

Police have not identified the man or officers involved in the shooting.