Suspect in Oakland police standoff turns self in
The Associated Press
Posted: 09/26/2009 12:06:57 AM PDT
Updated: 09/26/2009 07:07:20 PM PDT
OAKLAND, Calif.—Police have arrested an alleged gunman they believe led them into a 10-hour standoff at the same building where two Oakland officers were shot in March.
Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason says 20-year-old Antoine Harris turned himself in Saturday and was being questioned by detectives.
The standoff began Friday when a 21-year-old man was shot and wounded in East Oakland.
Police thought Harris fled into the apartment building, but the Alameda County sheriff's SWAT team found no one when they stormed the unit Friday night.
On March 21, parolee Lovelle Mixon fatally shot two officers at the building after they stormed it. Mixon, 27, had earlier killed two other officers during a traffic stop. Police later shot and killed him.
For 10 hours, both Oakland AND Alameda County SWAT Teams pointed their guns at an empty building. They diverted traffic away from the entire neighborhood. An OPD helicopter hovered overhead for the entire duration of the “standoff.” Newspaper reports even said that the Oakland SWAT team didn’t want to go into the building, and asked an Alameda County SWAT team to go in instead. When a team did finally enter the building, they found nothing. It is questionable whether or not the suspect ever went into the building in the first place. Seems like OPD has big time PTSD, and subconsciously cried out for closure from the Lovelle Mixon incident.