Oakland police shoot-kill man armed with replica gun www.privateofficer.com
Oakland CA Jan 31 2011 Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that happened in the city’s Rockridge District Saturday morning.
Police said officers responded to a disturbance on the 5500 block of Taft Avenue at 9:30 a.m. for a report of a man acting strangely and pacing up and down the street in front of his former girlfriend’s home.
The man was dressed in a camouflage outfit and threatened to shoot the ex-girlfriend before he ran into a residence causing its homeowners to “run out onto the street screaming,” a neighbor said. The man emerged from the home carrying a replica rifle, prompting three officers who responded to the 911 call to open fire, killing him, Assistant Chief Howard Jordan told reporters.
Police identified the man on Sunday as Matthew Cicelski, 39, of Oakland.
The home is located in a quiet residential neighborhood near College Avenue and is located three blocks away from the Rockridge BART station. The area typically experiences petty thefts and robberies, but shootings and other violent crimes are uncommon for the upscale neighborhood.
Saturday’s shooting is the second fatal Oakland Police officer-involved shooting in the past 72 hours. On Wednesday, an Oakland Police officer shot and killed a pursuit suspect after he armed himself with two guns when the car being chased crashed near 85th Avenue and San Leandro Blvd. in East Oakland.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s office and Oakland Police Internal Affairs and Homicide Detail will investigate the shootings as part of standard procedure.