Armed robbery suspect shot, killed by Oakland police during chase

Bay City News
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Armed robbery suspect shot, killed by Oakland police during chase
An armed robbery suspect who was allegedly attempting a carjacking this afternoon was shot and killed by Oakland police during a foot pursuit.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A man was shot by Oakland police Wednesday afternoon following a pursuit and alleged carjacking attempt in West Oakland. The suspect later died at a hospital from his injuries.

At 2:39 p.m., officers in the area of 69th Avenue and International Boulevard spotted a vehicle believed to be connected to a previous armed robbery, according to police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson.

The officers attempted to pull the driver over, but he fled, leading police on a pursuit through Oakland city streets. An Oakland police helicopter tracked the car during the pursuit, Watson said.

The pursuit lasted about seven miles until the suspect crashed into another car on 27th Street between Northgate Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Watson said.

The suspect ran from the car and, armed with a gun, tried to carjack another driver, Watson said. As police ran up, there was a confrontation with the suspect and at least one officer opened fire.

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The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a hospital, where he died. Police have not released his name and identified him only as a 24-year-old Oakland resident.

No officers were injured during the confrontation. Watson could not say whether the suspect fired his gun during the confrontation, but said a gun believed to be the suspect's was recovered at the scene.

At a press conference held Wednesday evening, Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent said three officers were involved in the incident. One was a seven-year veteran of the force, one was a six-year veteran and the other was a one-year veteran.

Here is a photo of the stolen, loaded gun that a 24-year-old Oakland man allegedly had with him before he was shot by officers in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015.

Whent added that the gun recovered at the scene was listed as stolen and was loaded.

The Oakland police homicide and internal affairs units are investigating the shooting along with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

ABC7 News contributed to this report.