A California Highway Patrol officer who was wounded during a shootout with a robbery suspect at an Oakland Walgreens last month was likely shot by another officer, the CHP announced Friday. With a ballistics report still pending, the CHP Oakland office released a statement saying that preliminary evidence indicates that the CHP officer shot during the armed robbery in progress on Jan. 20 was injured by gunfire from another CHP officer. Officials declined to comment further on the specifics surrounding the incident due to pending investigations being conducted by the CHP, Oakland Police Department and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The shooting occurred when a manager at a Walgreens at 5505 Telegraph Ave., in the Temescal Plaza shopping center, flagged down two CHP officers in a patrol car at about 1:30 a.m. to report a robbery in progress,Oakland police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason said. Oakland police were also called to the scene. The CHP officers parked behind the store, where they heard banging sounds that could have been gunshots coming from inside, Thomason said. The two officers were still behind the store when they were confronted by a man with a gun, he said. The suspect shot at the officers and they returned fire, Thomason said. One CHP officer was hit several times and was taken to a hospital,Thomason said. After shooting at the officers, the gunman ran to the front of the store, where he was confronted by a group of Oakland police officers who had surrounded the entrance, Thomason said. The officers shot and killed the gunman. The CHP said Friday that more information on the shooting will be released in the future as is appropriate within the scope of ongoing investigations.
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