Oakland settles fatal cop crash suit for $2.75M

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Here’s the Rap Sheet for Feb. 15, 2016:


The city of Oakland has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was struck and killed by a car driven by an Oakland police officer near Lake Merritt.

Bien Cam Tran, 58, was in a crosswalk walking northbound across East 12th Street at Third Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 2014  when he was hit by a black-and-white Ford Crown Victoria driven by Officer Devin Underwood, according to police and the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland.

Tran died at a hospital four days later, said the suit filed on behalf of Tran’s widow, Kieu Luu, his son, Hoa Tran, and his daughter, Hue Nghi Tran.

Police have said the officer was traveling at a slow speed at the time of the crash.

Underwood has previously served as treasurer of the Oakland Police Officers Association.

MAN SHOT BY DALY CITY POLICE IDENTIFIED: A man shot and wounded by Daly City police was identified today as 38-year-old Shikeb Saddozai.

The incident began about 12:45 p.m. Feb. 8 when officers responded to reports of a domestic dispute on the 800 block of Campus Drive. Witnesses said Saddozai was possibly armed with a knife while chasing a woman, said Daly City police Sgt. Edward Green.

Officers arrived and spotted Saddozai, who fled on foot up an embankment and into the backyard of a home on the  800 block of St. Francis Boulevard, Green said.

A confrontation erupted, and an officer shot Saddozai once in the arm, Green said. Police have not detailed the circumstances leading up to the shooting and have not said whether a knife was recovered.

Saddozai was taken to a hospital and was released several days later.

He was booked at San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City on suspicion of domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon, among other felony counts.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting hasn’t been released.


 A bank robber had quite a haul before he was shot and wounded by South San Francisco police: more than $23,000, authorities say.

The incident began about 10 a.m. Feb. 5 when Ronald Frances Dinges, 56, of Burlingame walked into the San Mateo Credit Union at 150 El Camino Real while wearing a face mask, goggles and a realistic-looking gun, prosecutors said.

Dinges demanded money from several tellers and got $900, but ordered one of them to the vault, said San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. There, Dinges ordered the bank manager to open the vault, where he grabbed “several handfuls of cash,” Wagstaffe said.

As he left the bank, he was confronted by South San Francisco police. Officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he turned toward them, raised the gun and pointed at them, prompting them to fire several shots, authorities said.

One hit Dinges in the abdomen. He suffered injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

The gun turned out to be fake, police said.

All told, he stole $23,740, authorities said.

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