The Blotter | PPD helped to track carjacking suspect killed by Oakland police

Piedmont Police spotted and briefly followed a suspect in a carjacking on the afternoon of November 20. The Oakland Police took over the chase and the suspect was shot and killed.

According to the OPD, a report of an armed carjacking and robbery came in just before 3 p.m. on the 2600 block of Fisher Avenue in Oakland. The vehicle was initially located in Oakland and the suspect shot at officers, according to the OPD.

Piedmont officers were monitoring the radio reports. Sergeant George Phifer located the suspect vehicle, a white Lexus LS500, at Grand and Oakland avenues. Piedmont Police initiated a brief chase onto Highway 13 southbound when Oakland officers and the OPD helicopter took over.

According to the OPD press release, the suspect drove to the 5900 block of Ocean View Drive where he “began using the carjacked vehicle to to ram OPD vehicles and officers.”

The suspect was shot and taken to a local hospital where he died. The OPD said the shooting is being investigated by the OPD’s homicide section, internal affairs and the Oakland Community Police Review Agency.

Stolen vehicles — and a turkey

In other crime news, a stolen vehicle was recovered in Piedmont on November 16. The city’s Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) system recognized a stolen silver BMW around Blair Avenue. PPD officers stopped the vehicle around 9:20 a.m. A male and female were in the car. The male was identified by his drivers license and taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin for possession of a stolen vehicle. A record check showed both people clear of warrants. The car had been stolen out of Berkeley.

Another stolen vehicle was recovered on November 14. Piedmont police found a 2009 Ford E250 van parked on Excelsior Avenue with no front plate. Upon a records check, the van was found to have been stolen out of Oakland. The vehicle was missing its battery and catalytic converter. The owner was found and came to the scene to retrieve the vehicle.

A white Chevy Suburban was reportedly stolen on November 13 from Wildwood Avenue. The alleged crime was reported on November 16.

On November 18, a 2019 Suburban Outback was reported stolen from a driveway on Sunnyside Avenue around 3:04 a.m. The vehicle was seen fleeing on Interstate 580 by PPD officers but no pursuit was conducted.

Finally, on November 19, a Piedmont Police officer was asked to help a resident on Palm Drive by carrying a 17-pound turkey from a resident’s house to her car.

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