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A Tuolumne County man who was involved in a shootout with California Highway Patrol officers on Interstate Highway 580 in Oakland early Sunday has been released from the hospital and booked into Santa Rita Jail, a police spokesman said today. Byron Williams, 45, a resident of Groveland, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon in Alameda County Superior Court. Williams had been held at Highland Hospital, where he was treated for injuries suffered in the shootout, Oakland police Officer Jeff Thomason said. He has been booked into jail on suspicion of attempted murder. The shootout began shortly after midnight Sunday morning when CHP officers saw his white Toyota truck speeding and weaving through traffic on westbound Interstate Highway 580 near the Grand Avenue exit. During the traffic stop, CHP officers approached the truck and saw firearms inside, authorities said. Officers also allegedly saw the driver arm himself. The suspect fired at officers as they moved back to their cars, and CHP officers returned fire, Oakland police said. Two CHP officers were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries after the exchange. Williams was shot an unknown number of times and was held at Highland Hospital until being transferred to the jail sometime Monday night or early this morning, Thomason said. The CHP officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said. The Oakland Police Department’s homicide unit is conducting the criminal investigation into the shooting, and the CHP is carrying out an administrative investigation. The FBI is also assisting. Thomason said police weren’t releasing any new information about the case this morning. Williams’ arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

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