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Community Rallies Around Wounded Cop



    Community Rallies Around Wounded Cop
    Fremont Police
    Fremont Police Department Officer Todd Young

    People waited for as long as two hours on Sunday to donate blood at the Red Cross in Pleasant Hill for an officer gunned down in the line-of-duty.

    Fremont officer Todd Young is the department's first cop in 54 years to be shot while on duty. He was hit twice in the pelvic and groin area Friday while serving a warrant on a suspected gang member in East Oakland.

    Young underwent a second surgery late Sunday to repair his bladder and is said to be doing well. Doctors said Young has been able to move his feet since the surgeries, calming fears that the bullets caused serious damage to his spinal cord.

    But since the shooting and initial surgery, Young has lost 60 units of blood, doctors say. Police put out the call to the community for blood donatations and they were overwhelmed with the response.

    "He's out there defending us." Susan Karr said as she donated blood. "It's not too much to ask to come in and donate blood."

    A spokeswoman for the American Red Cross said there was enough blood in supply for Young.

    "Now we're trying to replenish the supply so if people need it or the officer needs additional surgeries, it's available," O'Brien said.

    Andrew Barrientos, the man suspected of shooting Young, was arrested in Southern California late Saturday afternoon. He was captured just as he tried to cross the border into Mexico, authorities say. He's expected to be returned to the Bay Area to face charges as early as today.

    Young, 39, is married and has two children. He's been with the Fremont Police Department for six years and spent 10 years with the Newark PD before transferring to Fremont.