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* Man Killed by Oakland Police Was a Wanted Parolee and Possible Rape Suspect

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A man who was killed in a shootout with police officers in East Oakland Wednesday afternoon was stopped because he fit the description of a rape suspect, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said today. Thomason said the suspect was a 36-year-old Oakland man who was aparolee and had a no-bail warrant for violating the terms of his parole.  He said police are withholding the man’s name pending notification of his family.  Thomason said two Oakland police officers on routine patrol spotted the man in the 1600 block of International Boulevard about 3:05 p.m. Wednesday. When they approached him, the man pulled out a loaded pistol from his waistband.  Both officers drew their pistols and a series of gunshots erupted, Thomason said.  He said the man fled on foot with his handgun and the officers ran after him.  Several more shots were fired and the suspect eventually was hit by the officers’ gunfire. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Thomason said.  He said the officers weren’t injured and that the suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.  Thomason said investigators are still trying to determine how many shots were fired by the suspect and how many by officers. Oakland police homicide and internal affairs investigators, as well as the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, are investigating the shooting as part of standard procedure. The officers are on paid
administrative in the meantime. Thomason said this is the third officer-involved shooting in Oakland this year.  At a meeting with reporters on Tuesday, Acting Deputy Chief Eric Breshears said, “The use of force is down this year, especially lethal force.” Breshears attributed the sharp drop in officer-involved shootings to increased training for officers, particularly patrol officers. He said the Police Department also has disciplined some officers who haven’t followed proper use-of-force procedures. Breshears also said the department has issued Tasers to most officers so that they can use Tasers instead of guns in certain situations.

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