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Police Shooting Suspect Faces Life in Prison

Police Shooting Suspect Faces Life in Prison

San Jose Mercury News via YellowBrix

September 01, 2010

OAKLAND — A gang suspect who investigators say admitted shooting a Fremont police officer in East Oakland last week was charged Tuesday with 10 felonies, including attempted murder.

Andrew Barrientos, 20, who is in San Diego near where he was arrested Saturday just feet from the Mexican border, is scheduled to be arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court next Tuesday.

Barrientos faces life in prison if convicted on all charges and the numerous enhancements, including an allegation that he is a member of a gang and that he was involved in street terrorism.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley also filed charges against one other person, who authorities said helped Barrientos escape from the Bay Area and make his way to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Those charges, filed against Gustavo Silva of Union City, include being an accessory to attempted murder and transportation of marijuana.

A third suspect, Antoinette Apodoca, 40, who was arrested on suspicion of helping Barrientos, was not charged Tuesday, but authorities said an investigation continues.

“Barrientos admitted shooting the officer although he denies knowing the victim was in fact a police officer,” wrote Oakland police homicide Sgt. Jim Rullamas in a probable-cause statement. “He also admitted attempting to carjack and shooting at one citizen, and then successfully carjacking another.”

Barrientos, of Union City, was arrested within feet of the U.S.-Mexico Advertisement border Saturday night after fleeing the scene of the Friday afternoon shooting in the 2200 block of Auseon Avenue in East Oakland, police said.

Barrientos fired 10 shots at “plainclothes” officers who were working as part of the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force in East Oakland as the officers tried to arrest him on a warrant.

One officer escaped injury in the shooting, but another, Todd Young, 39, was shot twice in the pelvis.

Young, the father of two children, underwent his third successful surgery Tuesday and remained in serious, but stable condition, Fremont police spokesman Detective Bill Veteran said.

However, Young suffered significant bladder and stomach injuries from the shooting, and surgeons are not attempting complete reconstructive surgeries. Young will need more procedures before he’s fully safe, and as of Tuesday afternoon he had not regained consciousness, Veteran said.

Barrientos surrendered Saturday afternoon after a massive manhunt that stretched from Oakland to the Southern California border town of San Ysidro.

Police had asked border patrol agents to close the border while the search for Barrientos continued, Oakland police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason has said. Police said Saturday they had information the suspect might be headed to Mexico.

Silva, 23, the man arrested with Barrientos, is a Union City gang suspect with a criminal record, officials said.

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