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Neighborhood Group In Oakland Hired Security Guard That Shot Suspected Burglar

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A security guard who shot a suspected burglar in Oakland’s Oakmore neighborhood Thursday morning had been hired by a community watch group that raised funds to hire the guard for extra protection, according to residents.

Around 11:55 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the 4000 block of Waterhouse Road on a report of a shooting and found a man who had been shot, police said.

The man was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

It appears that the security guard confronted the man, who was allegedly attempting to break into a home, police said.

The security guard told investigators that the shooting occurred after the suspect threatened the guard with an edged weapon. A screwdriver was found at the scene, police said.

The incident remains under investigation by Oakland police.

The security guard is an employee of Security Code 3, a company with offices in San Jose and Oakland. Company officials said today they are not commenting on the incident.

According to its website, the company provides armed and unarmed guards for hire.

A 66-year-old resident, who declined to give her name, lives near where the shooting occurred and said neighbors had put together funding to hire the guard.

Although she didn’t contribute to the effort to hire him, the woman said she understands why her fellow residents see the need for extra eyes and ears in the area.

She said she has seen the Police Department’s response times deteriorate in the past two years, making residents feel unprotected.

She said people “report things and the police don’t come by quickly.”

Kimberly Harris, 24, who grew up on that block of Waterhouse Road and has been house-sitting there while her parents are away, said her parents and others in the neighborhood agreed to pitch in several months ago to hire a private security guard through a neighborhood watch group.

“He goes around and patrols the neighborhood,” Harris said.

She said she sees the hired guard often and he is friendly and waves and keeps tabs on who lives in the area.

“He knows who is supposed to be here,” she said.

The guard’s hiring came about after petty crimes continued to happen in the neighborhood, Harris said.

“(Residents) were hoping that the security guy would help” deter the daytime crimes while residents are at work, she said.

Harris said her parents’ car was rifled through two months ago and their neighbor’s car has been stolen and broken into on several separate occasions.

“It’s hard because Oakland police have to devote their cops to the really bad areas,” she said. “They can’t obviously have cops rolling through here.”

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