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Prosecutors filed premeditated attempted murder charges and other charges this week against four men who allegedly attempted to murder a man from a rival group in East Oakland last year but wound up wounding three bystanders. Investigators from the Oakland Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were wiretapping the suspects because they had information that the suspects were planning to murder a man from a rival group, according to a probable cause statement filed in Alameda County Superior Court by Oakland police Officer Anthony Tedesco. Tedesco said the wiretap investigation revealed that suspect Patrick Shields, 29, wanted the target from the rival group murdered “because of an ongoing feud.”
Tedesco said that on May 17, 2011, the target was located in Oakland and “multiple gunmen tried to kill him” but the target escaped unharmed. However, three other people were wounded by gunfire, he said. Shields arranged another attempt to kill the target at a residence in the 3000 block of Curran Avenue at about 10:30 p.m. the following night, but “police moved in to stop the murder before it took place,” according to Tedesco. He said officers surrounded a car occupied by Wynn Brewer, now 30, John Sloan, 23, and Davon Jackson, 30, also known as Antoine Jackson, but the suspects refused police commands to surrender.
Tedesco said Brewer ran from the car with a gun in his hand and hid in a nearby yard and Sloan ran from the car with a gun in his hand. Police shot and killed Sloan because he raised his gun toward police, Tedesco alleged. He said Jackson refused police commands to raise his hands while he was seated in the car and instead “suddenly reached toward the center console of the car.” Officers believed that Jackson was attempting to arm himself so they shot and killed him, Tedesco said. Police later located Brewer hiding in the rear yard of 3076 Curran Ave. and arrested him, Tedesco said. Police released few details about the shootings at that time in order to protect the confidentiality of the overall investigation, according to Tedesco.
But he said the investigation has now been completed and the suspects have been arrested for various state and federal crimes. Shields, the group’s reputed ringleader, was already in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, as he has a prior conviction on drug-related charges, according to Tedesco. Shields, Brewer, Cyrico Robinson, 25, and Willie Pope, 32, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime for allegedly joining with Sloan and Jackson in the plan to murder the target. Shields and Pope are charged with premeditated attempted murder for the shooting on May 17, 2011, and Shields, Brewer and Robinson are charged with premeditated attempted murder for the alleged second attempt on the target’s life the following night.
The target is named in the criminal complaint against the four defendants but prosecutors asked that his name not be published to protect his safety. Brewer, who has prior convictions for grand theft and selling controlled substances, is also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Brewer was arraigned earlier this week and is scheduled to return to court on July 6 for a hearing on a defense motion. Pope and Robinson are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. Shields hasn’t yet been transferred from federal prison to Alameda County.
Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris filed a lawsuit against Oakland police in April on behalf of the families of Sloan and Jackson. Burris said today that he believes Sloan and Jackson, who both were on parole for illegal gun and drug convictions, were “ambushed by the cops” and weren’t posing a threat to officers when they were shot. Burris said, “They may have been involved in criminal activity but they can’t be shot at” if they’re not a threat to officers. He said he believes officers “jumped the gun and shot them before they committed any crimes.”
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