Businesses clean up after night of Oakland protest violence

- OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU and wires) -- Some businesses are boarded up Thursday morning, after protests in reaction to a deadly police shooting.

The group of protesters marched through the streets of Oakland Wednesday night to demonstrate against the city's latest fatal officer-involved shooting, at one point blocking lanes of I-980 and freeway off-ramps near the site of the incident. 

The protest centered around the officer-involved shooting Wednesday afternoon that killed an armed robbery suspect as he allegedly attempted to carjack a vehicle.

At 2:39 p.m., officers in the area of 69th Avenue and International Boulevard spotted a vehicle believed to be connected to a previous armed robbery that occurred in Oakland on July 27, according to police.

The officers attempted to pull the driver over, but he fled, leading police on a pursuit through Oakland city streets. An Oakland police helicopter tracked the car during the pursuit, police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said.

The pursuit lasted about seven miles until the suspect crashed into another car on 27th Street between Northgate Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Watson said.

The suspect ran from the car and, armed with a handgun, and tried to carjack another driver, Watson said.

Arriving officers confronted the suspect, who reportedly advanced towards them with the gun. The three officers opened fire, striking the suspect, according to Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent.

One of the officers attempted life-saving measures using a department-issued trauma kit. The suspect was subsequently taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Whent.

The group of protesters initially gathered at 27th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way while it was still daylight. They began marching through Oakland shortly before nightfall.

KTVU cameras captured streets blocked and garbage cans tipped over along the march route. There were also broken windows at a Starbucks at Oakland City Center.

Social media posts show an American flag burning and are using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter. 

The suspect's name has not yet been released, and police identified him only as a 24-year-old Oakland resident, according to Watson.

Protesters who gathered were calling the slain suspect "Joe Bart" in chants during the march.

By 10 p.m., KTVU camera crews estimated the crowd was fewer than 100 people. 

The remaining crowd of demonstrators returned to the site of the shooting and briefly made their way onto Interstate 980, blocking traffic near the 27th Street off-ramp.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., the crowd left the freeway, but were still blocking the ramp, causing cars to back up onto I-980.

Earlier in the day, police announced the gun carried by the suspect was determined to have been a loaded 9 mm pistol. It is listed as stolen, according to Whent. Police do not believe the suspect fired his weapon during the confrontation.

The three officers involved in this afternoon's shooting have been identified only as a 7-year veteran, a 6-year veteran and a 1-year veteran of the Oakland Police Department, according to Whent.

Wednesday's incident is the Oakland Police Department's third fatal officer-involved shooting in 2015, and the department's fifth officer-involved shooting overall, Whent said.

One man who asked KTVU not to identify him said he heard the commotion.

"I was doing my work and I heard three shots," the man said. "I ran outside to see what it was and saw a bunch of cops and a gentleman on the ground."  

People in the neighborhood told KTVU they're upset that another young life has been lost and question their trust in police.

"They shouldn't be our enemy. They're our protection," said Oakland resident Shalamar Carliss. "They here for a reason. Now, the new era...it's not."

Whent described his police department as relatively progressive and said they are trying to be as transparent as possible without compromising a thorough investigation.

"We are trying to be responsive to what's going on with the national conversation about policing," said Whent. "The police department has taken a number of steps to reduce the number of officer involved shootings."

The Oakland police homicide and internal affairs units are investigating the shooting along with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

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