Oakland, California, officer killed while answering burglary call; shooter being sought, police say

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland, California, police officer was shot and killed Friday while answering a report of a burglary at a marijuana dispensary, authorities said.

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Tuan Le, 36, was one of several who responded to a report of a burglary in progress at the cannabis business near Jack London Square at about 4:30 a.m., about 3 1/2 hours after an earlier burglary was reported at the same business, authorities said.

The arriving uniformed and plainclothes officers saw several people leaving the business and one opened fire several times, hitting the officer, who was in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car, interim Police Chief Darren Allison said at a news conference.

Other officers took the wounded officer to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead about four hours after the shooting.

“Officer Le was surrounded by his wife, mother, and members of his OPD family when he died,” a statement from the city said.

No officers returned fire, the chief said.

No arrests were immediately made, but Allison said investigators were following up on a lot of “actionable” evidence. He didn’t provide details.

“The dangers and demands of this profession are real, and come with significant sacrifice,” the chief said. “Sadly, today, one of our officers paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Le was born in Saigon in Vietnam and later moved to Oakland, becoming a naturalized citizen in 2001, the city’s statement said.

He graduated from the police academy in 2020 and for the past two years served as community resource officer in West Oakland, the statement said.

“He will be remembered for his kindness, his smile, and the positive change he brought to the lives of those around him,” the statement said. “He is a true hero who dedicated his life to making our community safer.”

Mayor Sheng Thao called the killing a senseless act of violence and said she was devastated by the officer’s death.

“I know the entire Oakland community feels the profound impact of this loss,” she said in a statement.

“I am proud of the officers who responded this morning and carried their brother to the hospital on their shoulders,” Barry Donelan, president of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association, said in a statement. “Their actions personified what it means to be an Oakland police officer. As we mourn, rest assured that we are also determined to bring this cop killer to justice.”

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Comments

  1. I think I might be persuaded to call for ‘defunding the police’. Oakland, and perhaps all of
    Kommie-tax-ifornia, does not deserve these brave men in blue.

  2. But, but, but, cannabis is harmless and doesn’t hurt anyone…Yes it kills just like any drug or alcohol..sad but the States voters fell for another piece of the Agenda taking America down.

  3. Treva Bennett says

    It’s a heart breaker. My deepest sympathies to all of his loved ones and OPD. Sadly. his blood is on the hands of the Democrats and their God forsaken policies.

  4. Leo of Sacramento says

    Something seems wrong, with this picture. Mind you, terrible that this young man got shot and killed, over weed. But more to the point, he got shot over a burglary. Fancy name, for robbery. We all know, that THING people who are ‘downtrodden, underserved, poor’ do, when they see THINGS they want that someone else has? Terrible.

    Officers saw, several people, leaving the scene. No mention of HOW they left, in what they left. No mention of officers attempting to pursue, follow, chase. Nothing. Just, person/persons unknown, leaving the scene.

    Business robbed, 3 1/2 hours earlier. No mention of what happened during THAT occurrence either.

    But, this is Oakland, right next door to ‘beautiful SAN FRAN”. How could this be? No pursuit at all??
    Odd. Interesting.
    CAN the cops follow/pursue or are they held AT BAY, by the Mayor? CAN they identify the perps, or are they KEPT from doing that, due to ‘racial profiling, black/brown rules or underserved’ public outcry if they do/did?
    If they catch the perp(s), then what? Will they be released on bail right after arrest? Kept in jail awaiting a trial? Will they seek a death penalty solution? OMG, my bad, will they even GO to trial?? This is, after all, California. Was the perp, legally allowed to OWN a weapon? How did that person get one then?

    The big question is: WILL THERE BE JUSTICE SERVED?? or will it just be lip service?
    Article reads: “Mayor Sheng Thao called the killing a senseless act of violence and said she was devastated by the officer’s death” Are you REALLY devasted, or just playing a part? Be honest, this IS California after all.

    Where do we put blame, on this problem. WHO do we hold accountable (deplorable word) or much more to the point, responsible? Some will be QUICK to say: BLAME THE SYSTEM!! Others: BLAME POLITICIANS!! Still others: BLAME THE MAYOR!! OR CITY COUNCIL!!!
    Honestly?

    Everyone needs to look into the mirror. EVERYONE. Did you vote for this? Do you BELIEVE in justice? Do you AGREE people who commit crimes should be jailed? Perhaps even executed for certain ones?

    That’s the problem. Treva said: “Sadly. his blood is on the hands of the Democrats and their God forsaken policies.” Honestly?? You didn’t say quite enough: and every person who supports their policies as well.
    Honestly.

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