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2020 shootings of Oakland police officers

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2020 shootings of Oakland police officers
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TargetFederal Protective Service officers
Attack type
Drive-by shooting
Deaths1
Non-fatal injuries
1
PerpetratorUnknown

On May 30, 2020, two Federal Protective Service officers were shot in Oakland, California by an unknown assailant from a car, resulting in the death of one of the officer and the wounding of the other. The officers were targeted while they were on patrol outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in the city's downtown, during the George Floyd protests in California.

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the act as possible domestic terrorism.

Shooting[edit]

In Oakland, during the George Floyd protests, an unknown gunman opened fire from a car against Federal Protective Service officers outside a federal courthouse. David Patrick Underwood, a 53-year-old officer, was fatally shot and died of gunshot wounds, while another officer was critically wounded.[1] At the time of the shooting, Underwood was providing security at the courthouse during a protest.[2]

The Department of Homeland Security has labeled the shooting an act of domestic terrorism.

Investigation[edit]

The FBI is investigating but had not yet identified a motive or a suspect as of May 31.[3] Although initially the police were not sure that the shooting was connected to the protests, on June 2, investigators stated they now believed the attackers were targeting uniformed officers, but who carried out the attack is not clear so far.[4]

Response[edit]

Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, suggested the attack was possibly part of a pattern and that the department is aware of threats against other police stations and federal buildings and said that “When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism".[5]

References[edit]

  1. Whiting, Sam (June 1, 2020). "Federal Protective Service Officer Fatally Shot in Oakland Identified". www.officer.com. Archived from the original on June 1, 2020. Retrieved June 1, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest". Associated Press. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. Debolt, David (June 1, 2020). "Federal Protection Services officer killed in Oakland drive-by shooting identified". The Mercury News. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  4. "As Anti-Violence Protests Continue, Oakland Police Call for Information on Officers' Shooting". KQED.
  5. Federal security guard killed in Oakland identified as Pinole man


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