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Sniper Shoots at Oakland Police During Traffic Stop

Sniper Shoots at Oakland Police During Traffic Stop

San Francisco Chronicle via YellowBrix

July 20, 2010

OAKLAND, Calif.—A routine police stop in West Oakland erupted into gunfire when someone with a rifle opened fire from a high-rise building, police said Monday.

No one was struck by the gunfire, and a search of the area failed to turn up the shooter, said Officer Jeff Thomason, a police spokesman.

The incident began when an officer pulled a car over on the 1000 block of Eighth Street at 11:17 p.m. Sunday, Thomason said. Police found crack cocaine in the vehicle, authorities said.

During the car stop, someone opened fire with a rifle, Thomason said. The officer called for emergency backup, and police swarmed the area.

Police determined that the shooter had been firing from a high-rise building at 1055 Eighth St., which is part of the City Towers housing complex, authorities said. Many units in the building are Section 8 government-subsidized housing.

Officers searched the area by foot and with a helicopter but could not find the shooter, Thomason said.


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    JoCoSo_L39

    over 3 years ago

    86 Comments

    I grew up in Stockton Ca. And I have been to Eighth st. In Oakland, Trust me they need to just Naplam that whole section of of Oaktown, it makes beruit look like beverly hills!

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    Ahi

    over 3 years ago

    1990 Comments

    Glad no officers were hurt, I hope they find the shooter soon!

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    badge66

    over 3 years ago

    144 Comments

    Work those informants for all they're worth. It's time to make life really rough for the street thugs and get these scumbags off the streets. Screw political correctness. These shooters don't play by any set of rules and it's time to level the playing field.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Crazy!!

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    horseycop661

    over 3 years ago

    66 Comments

    This is unbelievable! Poor Oakland needs a break from this insanity! Stay strong guys...you are heroes to all of us who wear the uniform!

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10918 Comments

    Glad no officers were hurt, and hopefully the POS will be caught soon.

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    bjw42788

    over 3 years ago

    40 Comments

    its getting to be as bad as Iraq or Afgan here in the states

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    rafaelmorales

    over 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    HERE IN NYC WE KNOW ABOUT AIR MAIL FROM THE PROJECTS. BE SAFE MY BROTHERS ND SISTERS IN BLUE.. LETS DO MORE VERTICALS IN THOSE ANIMAL PROJECTS. HOPE THAT MUTT FALLS OF THE ROOF.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    46014 Comments

    Stay alert and stay safe my brothers and sisters in Oakland. Get the POS real fast.

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    fnmurphy

    over 3 years ago

    230 Comments

    May the POS suspect die in a fire

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Thankfully no one was hurt.

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    Collegecop_WA

    over 3 years ago

    2380 Comments

    It is a very bad time to be an officer in Oakland it seems. My thoughts and prayers are with my brothers and sisters in OPD. Be safe, keep your eyes open and wear your vests.

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    Grafton817

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    Yeah, this is why there is no "routine" traffic stop. I hate when that phrase is used. I agree that the POS suspect is not a sniper but a wannabe cop killer as BrooklynHillsCop said.

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    manintan

    over 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    pray for good, prepare for evil!

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    Jonas

    over 3 years ago

    41146 Comments

    Hope they find this m*****f***** real quick.

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