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Multiple Gunmen Target CA Officer

Multiple Gunmen Target CA Officer

Contra Costa Times via YellowBrix

July 26, 2011

MORAGA, CA — An East Bay Regional Park District police officer had to be rescued Monday after he was shot at by multiple people while on patrol in a rugged area of park lands near Moraga and Canyon, police said.

The officer called dispatch about 7 p.m. asking for help after he said he was fired upon by assailants with automatic rifles. Police said he returned fire but it was unclear whether he struck anyone.

Officers from Moraga, Lafayette and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office were summoned to safely retrieve the officer and search for the gunmen.

With the help of an armored car the officer was rescued uninjured, park district police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal said.

Authorities continued to search with helicopters for the suspects, but called off the search when darkness fell. Camino Pablo in Moraga was shut down and Rancho Laguna Park evacuated during the operation.

Ruppenthal said police suspect the shooters may have been protecting some sort of drug-growing operation in the hills, but he had no idea of its magnitude.

“The area has a history of marijuana grows in the area. We have recovered marijuana grows out there in previous years,” Ruppenthal said. “The officer was patrolling back there, one thing he does look for is active marijuana grows.”

A search for suspects and evidence of drug activity in the area was expected to continue at daybreak.

Staff writer Robert Salonga and KGO-TV contributed to this story.


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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Good to know the officer wasn't injured.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    11224 Comments

    Bump robocop33. Hope this report is true; had an incident of false reporting in my unit in the USAF by one of our own many years ago, so I am aware this is a possibility. If this is true, I'm glad the officer is OK. Shouldn't be much trouble confirming an "automatic weapons fire" call by the investigators.

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    djs2v

    about 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    Glad to hear the officer is safe and uninjured!

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    FireDad

    about 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    I am sure glad the Off is safe. I hope they find the shooters or make a bug bust soon.

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    philfroggy

    about 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    Glad that our brother officer is ok, I have no doubt in him because stranger attacks happen against us all the time. We have lost several brothers and sisters who were just sitting at a red light. I hope that they are able to find the men who fired at him.

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    manintan

    about 3 years ago

    76 Comments

    Here in California we keep hearing that more problems are coming. In response to that we get less money and fewer LEO's in the city's, counties and parks and rec where they are needed. Glad no one was hurt!

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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50956 Comments

    I will let this play out.

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    jellystonepark64

    about 3 years ago

    100 Comments

    It really sux we just can't accept what this fellow leo has to say we give criminal's the innocent until crap we can't do it for a fellow leo is sad really sad

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    bstites

    about 3 years ago

    1028 Comments

    That is a scary situation. Glad no one officers were hurt.

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    BeachAngel

    about 3 years ago

    5888 Comments

    Glad the officer is alright; watch your six always.

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    jakesdad

    about 3 years ago

    298 Comments

    Bump Robocop33, I glad the Officer wasn't hurt but I have investigated a few stories that don't pan out well for the Dept. I hope to God he isn't lying.

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    Magee88

    about 3 years ago

    2688 Comments

    bump robocop.

    the story is questionable.

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    Mr_Nothumbs

    about 3 years ago

    250 Comments

    @ JCPD085 I am with you until there is a different version that shows that it did not happen, I am going to support the officer.

    Glad the Officer made it out ok. Hopefully they catch the suspects who fired on him.

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    JayaR1st

    about 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    @darsavmo, for shame. At this point we have no reason to doubt him. Civilians make unfair assumptions based on a few bad apples, lets not start doing the same.

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    darsavmo

    about 3 years ago

    11356 Comments

    It is a shame that we cannot trust 100% without question our fellow officers when they report something like this, but unfortunately we have been duped before by a few fellow officers for whatever reason. Hope that is not the case here and glad the officer is ok...

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