09/08/2010

Dozens of Calif. cops show support in court

About 70 uniformed police officers attended the brief hearing in Oakland to show support to the wounded officer

By Henry K. Lee
The San Francisco Chronicle (California)

OAKLAND, Calif. — The shooting of a Fremont police officer in East Oakland could have been the result of a "tragic misunderstanding" by an alleged gang member, the suspect's attorney said Tuesday after the defendant made his first court appearance in front of dozens of uniformed officers.

Andrew Barrientos, a 20-year-old suspected Union City gang member, is accused of trying to kill Officer Todd Young Aug. 27 as the officer sought to arrest him on a warrant.

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