A standoff by federal agents and Oakland police triggered by shooting in the city’s troubled East Oakland neighborhood came to an end early Tuesday, but not before hours of drama and two arrests.
Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said the incident began when officers witnessed a shooting at East 22nd Street and 23rd Avenue. No one was injured, Watson said, but the suspects were traced to a residence in the area of 88th Avenue and Birch Street.
The home was surrounded by Oakland SWAT officers, sheriff’s deputies and federal agents. Before the incident ended around 5:30 a.m., authorities had shot bean bag charges into the home, a bomb squad was called to the scene and a robot was sent into the home to conduct a remote search.
Police detained 14 people for questioning, arresting at least two. Several items including weapons were also removed from the home.
The action began Monday night when dozens of police officers and federal agents gathered near the intersection of 88th Avenue and Birch.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Department also sent in its bomb squad and a highway patrol helicopter assisted while police served a search warrant.
Officers set up a perimeter that stretched for several blocks.
One woman who lives nearby told KTVU her 16-year-old son was among the dozen people detained by police for questioning in regards to a homicide that took place a few days ago.
"I'm pissed," said neighbor Juanita Mayfield. "Pretty pissed and mad as hell. It's just not cool the way they do this."
Mayfield questioned why police didn't contact her after they detained her son, who is a minor. She said she rushed down here after a neighbor told her what happened.
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