A prosecutor today began presenting his case against three men who he alleged tried to kill a man from a rival group in East Oakland three years ago but ended up wounding two bystanders.
Describing the men as “a group of would-be killers,” prosecutor John Brouhard said the alleged murder plot was discovered by investigators from the Oakland Police Department, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Secret Service who were wiretapping the suspects because they had information that the suspects were planning a murder.
Oakland police Officer Anthony Tedesco, who will be a key prosecution witness in the case, said in a probable cause statement that the wiretap investigation revealed that suspect Patrick Shields, 31, wanted the target from the rival group killed because of an ongoing feud.
Brouhard said that on May 17, 2011, the suspects located the target at 35th and Broookdale avenues in East Oakland and several gunmen tried to kill him, but the target escaped unharmed. However, two women were wounded by gunfire, he said.
Brouhard, who was continuing his opening statement later today, 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 try to stop the murder before it occurred.
Shields, Wynn Brewer, 32, and Cyrico Robinson, 27, are charged with conspiracy and premeditated attempted murder in connection with the case.
Brouhard said Shields “used his cellphone like an assault weapon to direct the killers to the target to commit murder on the streets of East Oakland.”
Tedesco wrote in his probable cause statement that officers surrounded a car occupied by Brewer, John Sloan, 23, and Davon Jackson, 30, also known as Antoine Jackson, in the 3000 block of Curran Avenue 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 also ran from the car with a gun in his hand.
Police shot and killed Sloan because he raised his gun toward police, Tedesco alleged.
The officer 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.
Shields is the group’s reputed ringleader and when charges in the case were filed in 2012, he already was in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He has a prior conviction on drug-related charges, according to Tedesco.
Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Oakland police in 2012 on behalf of the families of Sloan and Jackson.
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