Gang threats have San Leandro police officers on alert

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KTVU) - Police in San Leandro are being warned about possible threats from two East Bay gangs.

Officers say they were told about credible threats against members of their department after an officer-involved shooting last year. Since then, two separate incidents occurred where possible gang members followed off-duty officers home.

"San Leandro Police personnel that work at this police department are a little bit more cautious of how we come and go from work," says San Leandro Police Lt. Robert McManus.

Investigators say on December 7, 2014, officers spotted a stolen vehicle in San Leandro.

The driver led officers on a high speed chase into Oakland, where police cornered the vehicle. Police say the driver then rammed their cars several times, and fearing for their lives, officers shot and killed 27-year-old Guadalupe Ochoa.

After that incident Oakland Police learned of credible threats from an East Oakland gang against San Leandro officers.

On December 11, 2014, an off duty San Leandro officer was followed home by four men.

McManus says the men approached the officer, who was able to get out and scare the men off. The officer followed them, but they were able to get away.

However police say the guys were wearing clothing similar to those worn by East Oakland gang members who had ties to Ochoa.

A few days later another San Leandro officer was followed home, after a known San Leandro gang member was arrested for firing shots at CHP deputies outside a bar.

That incident is being investigated as possible road rage; however officers say the driver of that car has ties to San Leandro and the gang member arrested in the CHP case.

Officers say they are being more cautious. "Putting on your t-shirt and jeans and hopping in your personal vehicle to drive home is kind of when the job should be over. But unfortunately these are incidents here which we have now shown that law enforcement is a 24 hour a day job for everyone," says McManus.

There are three separate investigations into the officer-involved shooting and police will not release the names of their officers because of the threat against them.