Officer Involved Shooting

When Oakland Police officers responded Wednesday evening to a call concerning an armed robbery, Oakland police shot and “grazed the lower right jaw of an unarmed teenager, who was later discovered not to be involved in the crime, according to Police Chief Howard Jordan. In response the call at about 10 p.m., police went to the 1000 block of Clay Street, where they were provided descriptions of three suspects and the direction they fled. When officers attempted to detain three similar subjects in the 1000 block of Jefferson Street, an officer discharged a firearm in response to a perceived threat. The shot caused a non-life threatening injury to one of the teenagers, who was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. There was no injury to the officer. According Jordan, all three suspects were detained,. An ambulance was immediately requested. The teenager’s injury was described as a graze to the lower right jaw. Following a preliminary investigation, police determined that young man who was shot and his two companions were not responsible for the reported robbery and were not involved in any way. The teenagers are juveniles, aged 15 – 16, and Oakland residents. Under departmental policy, the shooting will be investigated by the Department’s Major Crimes Section. An independent investigation will also be conducted by the department’s Internal Affairs Division.
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