Oakland police shoot and kill man in car after short standoff

Oakland police shot and killed a man after a brief standoff Saturday morning, officials said.

About 7:30 a.m., firefighters called Oakland police to tell them about a man passed out in a car -- with a gun inside -- along an Interstate 580 off-ramp near Lake Merritt.

Over a loudspeaker, officers asked the man to surrender. When he didn’t respond, officers shot beanbags at the car to get the man’s attention, Oakland police said in a statement.

Officers eventually smashed the passenger window with a metal pipe and saw a gun inside, police said.


The driver woke up.

During a confrontation with the man -- which wasn’t described in detail in the statement -- one officer used a Taser and another fired a gun, police said.

The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Inside the vehicle, which police believe was tied to a burglary in San Francisco on Friday, officers found a loaded handgun with an extended magazine, according to the statement.


Investigators are interviewing witnesses, sweeping the area for surveillance footage and reviewing footage from the officers’ body cameras, Oakland police said.

Saturday’s killing was the department’s first fatal officer-involved shooting since May 2013.

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