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Oakland police officer shot after making traffic stop

The officer was injured in the foot after stopping a trucker for driving erratically on a freeway.

August 31, 2009|Anna Gorman

An Oakland police officer was shot in the foot Sunday morning after stopping a big-rig truck driver for driving erratically on a freeway, authorities said.

The police were making a traffic stop on Interstate 880 north of the Oakland airport about 3:45 a.m. when the driver left the truck and fired a shotgun, hitting one of the officers, Sgt. Randy Pope said. Police returned fire but did not hit the suspect.

The man got back in the truck and fled before crashing the big rig in the 3400 block of East Ninth Street, Pope said.

The driver then jumped out and was chased by police, Pope said. Officers set up a perimeter around several blocks and called in a search team.

Police arrested the driver just after 11 a.m., Pope said. He was arrested on suspicion of shooting at police and fleeing.

The officer was treated and released, and there were no other injuries. The department did not release the names of the officer and the suspect.

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anna.gorman@latimes.com

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