OAKLAND, CA (CROWN) – After another violent weekend, Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong continues to plead with the local community to stop the violence.
The police chief said on Monday that it was a violent weekend all around, but especially during a 10-hour period on Saturday, where there were more than two dozen incidents – most of which are still under investigation.
Chief LeRonne Armstrong says the 10-hour period started around 6 p.m. 15 Saturday when police were called to an armed carjacking and robbery.
They followed the suspect to several places. At one point, the person shot at the officers.
It ended here at the 5900 block of Ocean View Drive.
“The suspect then left the vehicle armed with a firearm. Officers gave the suspect a command to drop the gun. OPD officers then fired their duty firearms and the suspect was hit,” Chief Armstrong said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and died of their injuries. Two officers fired their weapons and both are on paid administrative leave.
“We were trying to handle over 300 calls for service,” Chief Armstrong said.
These calls included robbery, looting and hundreds of vehicles involved in illegal side shows.
Citizen Video shows one of the side shows. There were other shootings, including one that led to the 124th homicide of the year. The victim was 17 years old.
Chief Armstrong says they are already preparing for next weekend.
“I want to be aware that we are not going to tolerate this kind of activity in the city of Oakland. We will respond,” Chief Armstrong said.
Chief Armstrong says they want teams stationed all over the city, but he says it can not only be the responsibility of the police to solve this level of crime.
He says they need help.
“I urge councilors to step forward and start having a conversation about the loss of human life in this city. There is a clear problem in this city,” Chief Armstrong said.
The Oakland Police Department continues to have staffing issues.
The boss says one night that 11 out of 35 blows were not covered, but he moved people around and extended guards to fill in the gaps.
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