Officers rally around severely wounded Calif. cop
A Fremont police officer underwent surgery late Friday — a Bay Area blood drive may help him survive
Editor’s Note: PoliceOne has learned that a blood drive is underway throughout California to replenish supplies which are presently critically low. It’s entirely possible that the blood donated at any Bay Area Red Cross facility may help save life of the Fremont cop who was shot and severely wounded in East Oakland today.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A police officer from the city of Fremont (Calif.) was severely wounded in a gunfight with a suspected gang member in East Oakland. The wounded officer and another Fremont cope were trying to serve $75,000 felony warrant when the gunfight broke out at about 1430 hours Friiday afternoon. According to the website for the San Jose Mercury News, the officer was taken by his partner to a hospital in Oakland.
On the website for the San Francisco Chronicle, Fremont Police Chief Craig Steckler said “We're all on pins and needles — he’s hour to hour.” The Chronicle also quoted Steckler as saying, “This is unusual for my department ... I have never seen an officer shot in the 19 years I have been chief.”
The injured officer, whose name has not been released, is a six-year veteran with the force who, prior to joining Fremont PD, reportedly served on the Newark, Calif. Police Department for four years. He is said to have been struck by two gunshots to the pelvis and groin during the gunfight. He underwent surgery late Friday, and is listed in critical but stable condition. While it is presently unclear whether or not the officer will survive, PoliceOne has learned that one key to his future well being lies in the hands of Bay Area residents and fellow officers.
Blood in Short Supply
Dr. Javid Sadjadi reportedly said that the officer had “lost a significant amount of blood,” only days after the American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region issued an urgent call for blood donors. The hospital at which thsi is being treated is likely to be low on blood, and according to sources, an effort is underway to quickly get donors to local Bay Area Red Cross facilities beginning at 0800 Saturday morning.
“There is a critical need for blood donors now,” said Sara O’Brien, of the Red Cross in a press release. “This summer we have had a particularly difficult time recruiting enough blood donors to meet the requirements of our community’s hospitals and the patients they serve.”
Donors with all blood types are needed, but especially those with type O negative. Red Cross officials say type O negative donors can make the difference between an adequate blood supply and a shortage. That’s because type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type, and is most readily given to patients in emergency and trauma situations.
According to a PoliceOne source, the officer who was shot today suffered “a massive blood loss and blood donations are requested to help him.” Although the name of the officer is not being released, donations can be made “generically” at any Bay Area blood bank for the wounded Fremont officer.
Meanwhile, a manhunt is underway for Andrew Barrientos, the 20-year-old suspect who Oakland PD PIO Jeff Thomason said is a wanted felon known to have had a Union City address.
Barrientos — who is described as five feet and seven inches tall and weighing roughly 240lbs, with the word “Decoto” tattooed on the back of his neck and “Decoto Gangster” tattooed on his forearms — was wanted for carjacking his girlfriend's vehicle and kidnapping her.
The Mercury News said that after shooting the Fremont cop, Barrientos “unsuccessfully tried to carjack a vehicle a few blocks away, shooting at the driver.” The gunman then took off in a 1999 green Mazda (with California license plate 4MJE548) and at the time of this writing (2100 hours on Friday, August 27) remains at large.