Police: Oakland man killed by downed power line

By From page A5 | July 06, 2014

OAKLAND — Officials say gunfire on the 4th of July may have caused a power line in Oakland to fall, electrocuting one man and critically injuring a second.

The Oakland Police Department said that officers received a call at 11:35 p.m. Friday reporting gunshots in the area of Birch Street and 89th Avenue.

Officers say they found two unresponsive men and the downed power line between them.

PG&E spokeswoman Jana Morris says it appears that gunfire cause the power line to fall. A PG&E crew shut off power, but because of the high amount of gunfire waited until daylight Saturday to make repairs.

Police say 19-year-old Jermaine Tarver was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, and 19-year-old Tresylian Redd remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition.


The Associated Press

The Associated Press


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  • CD BrooksJuly 06, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Sounds like these geniuses got a little justice? "But because of the high amount of gunfire waited until daylight Saturday to make repairs." Only in Oakland. Better these two than innocent victims.

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  • VenusJuly 20, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Actually my kids are both innocent an no one deserves anything near what my two sons went through that nite.....My sons are young men of morals an values, every block had gun shots an fireworks it couldve been anyone's child jus so happened to be my sons....i pray God blesses you galore cause you obviously dont know what to say other than cruel comments

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  • 2realJuly 06, 2014 - 8:39 am

    Either this or shot dead. Powerline got to em first

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  • VenusJuly 20, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Why cause they black and live in Oakland?. ....my son was well rounded, a 4.0 high school graduate on his way to college. A natural Civil Engineer. ...a potential professional golf player...and my baby didnt deserve being electrocuted and dam sure not being gun downd.....so its up to you what my birth sons desrve? Cause where were you when i raised my kids? i dont know you an you dont know us..... i don't expect your sympathy, i pray for you an your family may you be blessed, your still alive my son crossed over on 7/4/14....Blessings -Tres an Jermaine MoM

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