OAKLAND — Two Oakland police officers were recovering after they were shot and wounded in separate incidents within a week’s time, officials said.
The first officer was shot in the leg as he and another officer chased a suspect in the city’s Fruitvale district Friday evening, said Officer Johnna Watson, a spokeswoman. The second shooting left an undercover officer wounded in the arm Sunday during a stakeout in East Oakland, police said.
The Friday incident occurred during a car crash investigation, Watson said. While at the scene, the officers heard gunfire and confronted an armed man who then opened fire on one of the officers, a 13-year veteran of the police force. That man has been arrested, Watson said.
In the Monday shooting, the officer was working undercover at the time, police said. Two suspected gang members on parole were arrested and three others were detained in that incident.
“You cannot shoot at police officers when they are out there in the line of duty trying to protect the community,” police Chief Howard Jordan told The Oakland Tribune.
The names of the suspects and any details were not expected to be released until Monday, police said.