Emeryville police shoot, kill allegedly armed theft suspect

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) – Emeryville police shot and killed an allegedly armed theft suspect in Oakland Tuesday afternoon, a police sergeant said.

Investigators suspect the woman ran from a business in the 3800 block of Hollis Street. A caller reported at 12:35 p.m. that the combative woman was stealing from the store and was armed with a gun, Emeryville police Sgt. Fred Dauer said.

Police found a suspect in the 3400 block of Hollis Street in Oakland, just across the city's border with Emeryville. They saw her with a gun and at least one officer opened fire, Dauer said.

The woman was pronounced dead on the street.

Neighbors who heard the shots and came to the scene said they heard about seven shots, but police declined to say how many shots were fired or how many officers fired their guns. Police also would not reveal if the woman fired her gun.

Oakland police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said investigators found the gun the woman was allegedly carrying.

The shooting is being investigated by the Oakland police homicide section, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and Emeryville police.

Dauer said some Emeryville police officers have body cameras but he did not know whether the officers involved in the shooting had them.