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Wounded Officer's Condition Improves



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    The Fremont police officer shot twice and critically injured by a suspected gang member is doing a bit better.

    Fremont police spokesman Detective Bill Veteran said Officer Todd Young is now in serious, but stable condition at Highland Hospital in Oakland.  Veteran said Young had another surgery Tuesday and that it went well. Doctors say he is showing signs of improvement, but has more surgeries ahead.

    Young was shot Friday when he served a search warrant on a known gang member in East Oakland on domestic violence charges.  He was with another Fremont officer and they were working undercover.

    Young, 39 years old, is a married father of two. He was shot twice in the pelvic area.  Young has required more than 60 pints of blood because of the  injuries.  Blood donors have turned out in droves across the Bay Area to donate in his honor, Red Cross spokeswoman Sara O'Brien said.

    O'Brien calls the support "amazing."  That support continues in San Jose where a previously scheduled blood drive at City Hall on Wednesday will now be in Young's honor.

    Young's high school alma mater is also holding a blood drive in his honor Wednesday.  Young graduated from Santa Clara High School in 1989 and his kids are in the Santa Clara Unified School District, according to organizers.

    The suspect was able to get away at the time but has since been arrested.

    Andrew Barrientos, was nabbed at the Mexican border thanks to cell phone tracking technology.

    Police working with the Department of Justice tracked the cell phone signal Barrientos was using and knew he was at the Mexican border crossing Saturday afternoon.  That information was enough to shut down the busiest border crossing in the world so that police could begin a car by car search.

    He's still in San Diego County and  is expected to be brought back to Alameda County to face charges later this  week.

    Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley announced late Tuesday Barrientos faces the following charges:

    • Penal Code Section 187/664  (attempted murder of Officer T. Young)
    • Penal Code Section 215 - (carjacking of Melvin Johnson)
    • Penal Code Section 246 - (shooting at an occupied vehicle - Melvin Johnson)
    • Penal Code Section 215/664 - (attempted Carjacking of David Ferreira)
    • Penal Code Section 246 - (shooting at an occupied vehicle David Ferreira)
    • Penal Code Section 12025(a)(2) (two counts)
    • Penal Code Section 12031(a)(1) (two counts)
    • Health and Safety Code Section 11360 (transportation of marijuana)

    His first court appearance is next Tuesday 2 p.m. in Oakland