kilCA01-Oakland Police shoot, kill man in Rockridge neighborhood; 3rd killed by cops in a week
- Oakland Police shoot, kill man in Rockridge
January 29, 2011 | 4:07 PM | By Ali Winston
FILED UNDER: Police, Oakland, Oakland Police Department,
Officer-involved shootings, Rockridge
An Oakland Police officer directs pedestrians away from the scene of
an officer-involved shooting In Rockridge on January 29, 2011.
[UPDATE 1/30/11: Oakland Police have identified the dead man as
Matthew Cicelski, 39, of Oakland.]
Oakland police shot and killed a disgruntled boyfriend in Rockridge
Saturday morning after the man allegedly threatened his girlfriend
and officers with a knife and a replica assault rifle. Around 9:35
AM, 911 dispatchers received frantic calls of a man dressed in
camouflage and armed with a knife and a rifle in the 5500 block of Taft Avenue.
According to police, at one point the man stood outside his former
girlfriend's home and demanded she come outside. The man apparently
threatened to shoot his girlfriend. Neighbors reported seeing the man
jump a fence into the property when officers showed up on the scene.
Her relatives ran outside, and officers could hear the woman inside
screaming for help.
A neighbor who requested not to be identified said he and his family
were lying on their kitchen floor after seeing officers approach the
house with assault rifles. They were on the ground when they heard
five to seven shots.
OPD claims the man was shot after he pointed what appeared to be an
assault rifle at officers. It was later determined that the weapon
was a replica gun. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
The identity of the dead man has not been released. The three
officers involved in the shooting have not yet been identified by
OPD. They have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard
procedure after an officer-involved shooting. The incident is being
investigated by OPD's Homicide and Internal Affairs units, as well as
by the Alameda District Attorney.
Saturday morning's shooting was the third officer-involved shooting
in Oakland within a week. Last Saturday, 20-year-old Raheim Brown was
shot and killed by an Oakland schools police officer outside Skyline
High's winter ball in the Oakland Hills: police say Brown tried to
stab the officer with a screwdriver.
On Thursday, OPD officers shot and killed 19-year-old Martin Flenaugh
after a drive-by shooting and high-speed chase that roiled East
Oakland. Flenaugh reportedly had two guns in his hands when he was
shot and killed by police.
None of the officers in this week's shootings have been identified.