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* Three Suspects Have Been Charged with the Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer in Oakland

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Three suspects have been charged with the attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges in connection with a shooting last weekend that blew out the window of a California Highway Patrol cruiser. According to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Joseph Gonzalez, 18, David Anthony Gonzalez, 23, and Samiuela Sina, 18, have also been charged with assault on a peace officer with a semi-automatic firearm, carjacking with a deadly weapon and evading a peace officer. However, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said today that police are still searching for a fourth suspect in the case, 16-year-old Kenyon Thomas of Oakland. “We’re actively looking for him,” Jordan said.

Thomas is described as a black male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 130 pounds with short black hair, brown eyes and wearing glasses. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous. Joseph Gonzalez was arrested early Tuesday morning after an hours-long standoff in an East Oakland neighborhood, while David Gonzalez and Sina were arrested Saturday night. Thomas and Joseph Gonzalez are believed to have been in a black Acura that rammed a CHP car while that officer was attempting to pull over a van for a traffic violation in the area of 54th Avenue and International Boulevard at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

The CHP said the driver of the van was not wearing a seatbelt, prompting the stop, but then fled. A short time later, the Acura began ramming the back of the CHP car. The pursuit continued until the occupants of the Acura fired at the CHP car, shattering the rear window but missing the officer, near the High Street on-ramp to Interstate Highway 880. Both the Acura and the van involved in the chase fled the scene, speeding onto southbound Highway 880 via the High Street exit, according to the CHP.

Officers located the van a short time later in a parking lot near 66th Avenue and Highway 880. The van’s two occupants, identified as David Gonzalez and Sina, were arrested. The Acura was found at a Shell gas station near East 10th Street, and officers determined that it had been reported stolen. Police said they located Joseph Gonzalez and Thomas, who are believed to have been in the Acura on Saturday night, on Monday afternoon and chased them into a residence in the 2300 block of East 24th Street. An hours-long standoff ensued with Oakland police assisted by the Fremont police SWAT team, the Union City police SWAT team, the CHP, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Department of Homeland Security, the Oakland Housing Authority and the Oakland police Gang Intelligence Task Force. The standoff lasted until early Tuesday morning, when Joseph Gonzalez was arrested.

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