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Oakland Police Credit Shotspotter for Arrest of Suspect with an Alleged Assault Rifle on New Year’s Eve

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Oakland police credited Shotspotter technology with helping them arrest a suspect with an assault rifle on New Year’s Eve. Police said that at about 10:30 p.m. on Monday they received a Shotspotter alert and information that gunshots were occurring in the vicinity of the 2200 block of 84th Avenue in East Oakland. Officers responded and following a brief pursuit they arrested the driver nearby in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue, police said.

An assault rifle with a 100-round capacity dual drum magazine was recovered, according to police. Police said the New Year’s Eve incident was broadcast to area community members who are registered to the Nixle alert system in order to explain the presence of police as well as the results. Police Chief Howard Jordan said in a statement, “One of our commitments this year is to strengthen communication within our community and better share crime information, prevention, response and enforcement results to reduce crime in our community.”

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