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An armed suspect who allegedly tried to rob a man near Lake Merritt in Oakland early this morning picked the wrong victim because he was an off-duty law enforcement officer with a local agency, according to Oakland police. The suspect approached the alleged victim in the 300 block of Van Buren Avenue at 1:34 a.m. today and demanded money. The officer, perceiving a threat to his life, discharged his firearm and struck the suspect, police said. Medical attention was provided to the suspect and he was transported to a hospital where he is listed in stable condition, according to police.
The off-duty officer wasn’t harmed. Police said officers recovered a replica firearm from the scene. Investigators said that at this time they aren’t releasing the name of the law enforcement agency the officer was associated with or the names of the alleged victim or suspect.
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