February 28, 2024

OAKLAND — A plainclothes Oakland police officer died Friday after he was shot whereas responding to a housebreaking at a hashish enterprise alongside the town’s waterfront, leaving metropolis and police leaders in shock on the first officer slain on responsibility in Oakland in 14 years.

The undercover officer, recognized by police as Tuan Le, was pushed by fellow officers to Highland Hospital the place he died from his wounds. A manhunt for the gunman continued hours later. No suspect was in custody as of Friday afternoon.

Oakland Police on Friday launched this picture of Officer Tuan Le, who was shot useless whereas responding to a housebreaking in progress at a hashish enterprise close to the town’s waterfront on Dec. 29, 2023. (Picture Courtesy: Oakland Police) 

“The hazards and the calls for of this occupation are actual and include important sacrifice,” Oakland Police Division Interim Chief Darren Allison stated. “Sadly, at the moment one among our officers paid the last word sacrifice.”

Le’s demise marked the 54th time an Oakland cop has died within the line of responsibility, courting again to the 1860s, and it touched off a wave of mourning throughout the town for what the mayor known as a “heart-wrenching” demise of a member of OPD’s housebreaking suppression unit.

It comes at a time of unprecedented housebreaking ranges within the metropolis. As of final week, there have been greater than 17,000 burglaries reported citywide this 12 months, a rise of 24 % in comparison with final 12 months and several other thousand greater than throughout any 12 months since not less than 2008. Of these, roughly 1,600 had been industrial burglaries.

The lethal encounter occurred throughout officers’ second pre-dawn journey to a “cannabis-related enterprise” close to the town’s Fifth Avenue Marina.

Police continue to cordon off 5th Avenue west of Embarcadero in Oakland, Calif., late Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2023, for an investigation into the fatal shooting of an undercover officer responding to a burglary in progress call at a cannabis business. m(Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)
Police proceed to cordon off fifth Avenue west of Embarcadero in Oakland, Calif., late Friday afternoon, Dec. 29, 2023, for an investigation into the deadly taking pictures of an undercover officer responding to a housebreaking in progress name at a hashish enterprise. m(Karl Mondon/Bay Space Information Group) 

Police first responded at about 1 a.m. to a cannabis-related enterprise on the 400 block of Embarcadero close to fifth Avenue for a housebreaking in progress however discovered nothing, Allison stated. Officers took a report, secured the realm and left.

At 4:33 a.m., a staff of plainclothes and uniformed officers responded to a second name about the identical enterprise. Once they arrived, a number of suspects had been seen fleeing. One in all them fired a number of pictures at Le, who was driving along with his accomplice on the time, the chief stated. No officers fired their weapons, Allison stated.