One dead, one critically injured in downtown Oakland robbery

(Image courtesy of Oakland Police Department)

A retired police officer who was the victim of a brazen robbery and shot multiple times at a gas station Thursday afternoon was in critical but stable condition late Thursday evening, according to an Oakland police spokesperson.

Police continue to investigate the incident, which also involved the fatal shooting of one of the suspects involved in the robbery.

Former Oakland police Capt. Ersie Joyner was at a gas station in the 1700 block of Castro Street around 1 p.m. Thursday when several people got out of a vehicle and began to rob him, according to police. Multiple gunshots were fired and one of the robbery suspects was fatally wounded. Joyner sustained several gunshot wounds. He underwent emergency surgery at Highland Hospital Thursday evening.

“You know I join many, many people in praying for a full recovery,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Friday. She said her prayers extend to anyone who has been a victim of gun violence in Oakland.

Police said the death Thursday is the city’s 115th homicide this year, eclipsing last year’s total of 109.

“We have seen so many tragic situations, we’ve seen so many people lose their lives as a result of violence,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said at an afternoon news conference at the hospital. “This today shows us how brazen these individuals involved in this activity can be.”

Police are still looking for the getaway vehicle, a black four-door sedan. Anyone with information about the shooting may call the Oakland Police Department’s homicide section at (510) 238-3821 or the tip line at (510) 238-7950.

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