OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Oakland Sunday night that ended with police fatally shooting a man armed with a handgun near the MacArthur BART station, police said.
Oakland fire officials responded to the 900 block of 40th Street at 6:17 p.m. to a report of a man down in the street, according to police.
Arriving firefighters found the man in an alleyway between two homes and immediately requested police back-up because the man was armed with a gun and threatening.
Plain-clothed officers responded to the scene, saw the man was armed and began giving the man “verbal commands.”
After police set up a perimeter, the man allegedly did not comply with the commands and gunfire erupted. Police said they treated the man for his wounds, but he died at the scene.
“Some time had passed and officers made announcements. It was sometime during this course where officers discharged their firearms,” said Oakland Police Capt. Roland Holmgren.
Cell phone video shot by a witness captured the sound of at least ten gunshots as officers fired on the armed man.
“Four officers were involved. No officers were hurt,” said Thomas Lloyd Smith, the Chairperson of the Oakland Police Commission. “The individual who was shot was killed. He was a Caucasian male.”
The man’s identity was not released. Investigators said the handgun was recovered at the scene.
It is unclear if the man lived in the area, but some residents KPIX 5 spoke with said they weren’t surprised by the shooting.
Area resident Dennis Juarez said he’s seen his share of crime and shooting in this community that now includes some million dollar homes.
“Eh, it’s Oakland. Nothing surprises me anymore. You hear gunshots, said Juarez. But this neighborhood has changed. It’s turned around. Almost every house on the block has changed hands in the last ten years. I’ve been here 15 years.”
Oakland police and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office were conducting separate investigations into the police shooting.
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