49-year-old man killed, officer injured in early morning shootout

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU & Wires) - A 49-year-old man was shot and killed by Oakland police officers after firing a rifle and seriously injuring an officer early Monday morning, police Chief Sean Whent said.

Officers in uniform responded at 1:32 a.m. to the 3800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Oakland to investigate a sexual assault. While at the scene, officers encountered the suspect armed with a rifle who shot at them, police said.

One of the officers was struck by the gunfire. Two officers returned fire, striking the suspect, police said.

The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not yet been released by police.

The injured officer was also taken to a hospital, where he has since undergone surgery and is in serious but stable condition, Whent said.

The chief said the officers involved in the shooting were a 14-year veteran and one-year veteran of the department.

The rifle used by the suspect was recovered from the scene and no additional suspects are being sought in the case, Whent said.

The shooting is the fourth involving Oakland police this year and the second resulting in a fatality, he said.

The case remains under investigation by the department's homicide section and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide section at (510) 238-3821.