Following a preliminary investigation, OPD determined that the subject who was shot and his two companions were not responsible for the reported robbery and were not involved in any way. Marianne Favro reports.
Oakland police shot a 16-year-old boy in the face on Wednesday night while conducting an investigation into an armed robbery report.
Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a Thursday news conference that the teen was not part of the original investigation. The boy's jaw and cheek were grazed, Jordan said, and he has already been treated and released from the hospital.
A cook from the popular Le Cheval Vietnamese restaurant was walking to a city parking lot nearby, and three young men stole her purse just before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Clay Street. Police said they heard the robbery was at knife point. The restaurant manager told NBC Bay Area that the employee never mentioned a weapon.
The cook fell, and blacked out, and that incident was reported to police. The cook never went to the hospital and was OK on Thursday.
After the cook reported her incident, another report came in shortly afterward, Jordan said, where the caller reported seeing three suspects who may have been involved in the purse attack. That witness pointed police in the direction of this trio.
An officer arrived to Jefferson Street and saw three men who he believed fit the general description.
"He perceived a threat," Jordan said of the officer. Jordan said his agency is now investigating what prompted the officer to feel such a threat and why he would have pulled a trigger on the teen.
Jordan added that the three people the officer encountered had nothing to do with the original purse attack. Those suspects are still outstanding.
During a press conference, Police Chief Howard A. Jordan provided the following timeline of events.
The Oakland Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and Internal Affairs Division have begun independent investigations into this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department Major Crimes Section at (510) 238-3821.