OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Five juveniles ranging in age from 14 to 16 have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of off-duty paramedic Quinn Boyer in the Oakland Hills two weeks ago, Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said Tuesday.
Jordan said the crime is part of what he described as “a disturbing trend in this city” in which juveniles as young as 13 have been involved in violent crimes.
“I call on parents, the schools and the community to change the cycle,” Jordan said.
Boyer, 34, who had worked as a paramedic for five years, the last two for Santa Clara County Ambulance, was shot while he was driving shortly before noon on April 2 and crashed his car down a ravine in the 5200 block of Keller Avenue. He died two days later.
Boyer, who grew up in Oakland, was in Oakland on April 2 to take his father to a medical appointment. A graduate of Sonoma State University, the Santa Rosa Fire Academy and the Foothill Paramedic Program, Boyer is survived by his wife and family.
Oakland police said two of the suspects are 14, two are 15 and one is 16. The juveniles, who are all from Oakland, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, robbery and carjacking, police said.
The case has been turned over to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for charging but it isn’t known at this time if the youths will be charged as juveniles or as adults, police said.