OAKLAND (CBS) – A man who was shot by police after he allegedly pulled a gun on them in East Oakland on Wednesday night is in stable condition and is expected to survive, Assistant Police Chief Anthony Toribio said Thursday.
Toribio said two uniformed officers who are part of the Police Department’s public safety unit and were patrolling the area of 105th Avenue and E Street because of recent shootings and robberies in the neighborhood.
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They attempted pulled over a vehicle containing two occupants because they had information that it was “associated with a firearm,” Toribio said.
He said one of the officers approached the car on the driver’s side and the other was on the sidewalk.
Toribio said the driver got out of the car and engaged in a brief struggle with the officer who approached on the driver’s side and had tried to handcuff him.
The suspect had armed himself with a gun so the officers shot at him because “they perceived that their lives were in danger,” Toribio said.
The driver, a 22-year-old San Lorenzo man, was hit by gunfire and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Toribio said. The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene, he said.
Toribio declined to say if the suspect fired at police or whether just one or both officers shot at him. He also declined to release the names of the suspect and the two officers.
Both officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting, Toribio said.
He said the person who was in the passenger’s side of the car was briefly detained and interviewed but is not facing any charges at this time.
Toribio said the two officers stopped the car because, “It’s our responsibility to interrupt gun violence and if we get information we’re obligated to take action.”
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