Calif. LEO recruit killed in highway shooting in Oakland
An agency spokesperson described the shooting as a “senseless murder”
By Suzie Ziegler
OAKLAND, Calif. — An Alameda County Sheriff’s recruit was killed Tuesday in a shooting along an Oakland highway, according to KTVU.
The recruit, who was identified as a 28-year-old male, was driving home to San Francisco after a day of class, police said. He had been expected to graduate in February.
Investigators said the man had been shot and then veered into a guardrail.
Few details were released and no arrests had been made as of Wednesday morning.
Sgt. J.D. Nelson called the killing a “senseless murder.”
“You see these stories all the time, sadly,” Nelson told KTVU. "As a guy whose grown up here, it’s hard for me to believe all these acts of violence happen, repeatedly, over and over and over again. And today it hit home. And it’s just awful.”
The recruit was wearing plainclothes and driving his personal car, Nelson said.
On Twitter, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shared a video of the recruit’s casket, draped with an American flag.
“We are heartbroken and disturbed by this senseless act of gun violence,” the agency wrote.
The California Highway Patrol is in charge of the ongoing investigation.
Our Deputies have just loaded the body of our young police academy recruit for a law enforcement procession from Highland Hospital to our Coroner’s Bureau. We are heartbroken and disturbed by this senseless act of gun violence. pic.twitter.com/jM96EXIriQ— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) January 5, 2022