Update: Emeryville Police Department Officer Involved Shooting-3400 Block of Hollis Street.
The Emeryville Police Department is releasing additional information regarding the officer involved shooting that occurred yesterday, February 3, 2015. At about 12:35 PM, employees from the Home Depot located in Emeryville reported a combative female shoplifting suspect pointed a handgun at several employees after they tried to detain her for theft. Included in the items she was stealing were knives. While employees were attempting to detain her, the female pulled out a gun, and pointed the gun at the employees trying to detain her. The employees feared for their lives and stopped trying to detain her.
As two uniformed Emeryville Police officers driving fully marked patrol vehicles arrived at the store, they were advised that the suspect had fled on foot and was armed with a gun. After the suspect fled the store witness said she attempted to carjack multiple vehicles at gunpoint. Officers spotted the female in the 3400 block of Hollis Street. The suspect was still armed with the gun. Witnesses heard the officers give verbal commands to the suspect. The female pointed the gun at an officer and both officers discharged their service weapons, striking the suspect.
Medical aid was provided on scene however the suspect was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. A loaded revolver was recovered from the scene, next to the suspect. The name of the suspect is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. There were no officers injured.
One officer was wearing a body worn camera as part of a testing program, but did not activate the camera until after the shooting. Since the shooting occurred in Oakland, the Oakland Police Department is the primary investigating agency and is collecting all available evidence, including any video. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department’s Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821.
The officers involved both seven year veterans. One officer was a female and the other officer was African-American. The officer’s names are not being released at this time to allow sufficient time for the officers to notify family members.
Sergeant Fred Dauer
Professional Services Division