Oakland, CA – Two federal police officers were shot protecting a courthouse during the anti-police riots in Oakland on Friday night and one of them has died.
The incident occurred at about 9:45 p.m. on May 29 at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building located on Clay Street, The Mercury News reported.
A vehicle approached the courthouse near the intersection of 12th and Jefferson streets and a gunman opened fire on the contract security officers for the Federal Protective Services (FPS) of the Department of Homeland Security who were guarding the facility.
FPS officers are responsible for protecting and providing law enforcement services at federal government buildings, KRON reported.
The shooting occurred less than half a mile from the riot happening in front of the Oakland Police Department headquarters where protesters were shooting fireworks and hurling bottles and other projectiles at Oakland police and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies, The Mercury News reported.
The protest which began at 8 p.m. had grown into a riot by 9 p.m.
Police declared an “unlawful assembly” at about 9:30 p.m. and deployed more tear gas to try and break up the riot, The Mercury News reported.
But the protesters did not stop rioting and go home.
Instead, they tore through the city of Oakland, ripping plywood off of boarded-up buildings and smashing windows, The Mercury News reported.
Police deployed additional tear gas and light-sound distraction devices (flashbangs) in an attempt to disperse the rioters but only succeeded in spreading the mayhem into other areas of the city.
At about 9:45 p.m., the federal officers were attacked, and one was killed, The Mercury News reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oakland police are jointly investigating the incident, according to KRON.
FPS has not released the name of the murdered hero, nor have they released the identity of the officer who was wounded in the shooting.
In addition to the federal officers who were shot, six Oakland police officers were injured during the riots on Friday night, the New York Post reported.
Eighteen arrests were made during the chaos.
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