OAKLAND — Police released the names of a fatally shot 32-year-old man and the four officers who fired their service weapons at him in a North Oakland neighborhood last weekend.
At 6:17 p.m. Sunday, Oakland firefighters responded to the 900 block of 40th Street for a report of a person down who appeared to be armed with a gun, police said in a statement Wednesday.
Four Oakland police officers, identified as Sgt. Francisco Negrete and officers William Berger, Brandon Hraiz and Craig Tanaka, arrived at the scene soon after, and found a man on the ground between two buildings in the block. The man was armed and holding a semiautomatic handgun, police said.
While officers began developing a plan to resolve the situation, they gave commands to the man, identified as Joshua Pawlik, 32, to put the gun down.
“It was reported that officers believed Pawlik’s actions posed an immediate threat to the officers with the risk of death or serious bodily harm,” police said. “Multiple officers discharged their service firearms, striking Pawlik.”
Despite medical aid being immediately provided, Pawlik died at the scene. No accounting of Pawlik’s exact injuries has yet been provided.
Officers were wearing department-issued body-worn cameras, police said. Negrete is a nine-year department veteran, while Berger and Hraiz are four-year veterans and Tanaka has served two years with the department, police said.
Oakland police’s criminal investigations and internal affairs divisions are investigating the shooting.
“The Oakland Police Department is committed to transparency and the sharing of information to our community when it does not jeopardize the integrity of an active criminal investigation, prosecution or the safety of those involved in the incident,” police said.
The Alameda County district attorney’s office will conduct a separate investigation.
The last time Oakland police had a fatal officer-involved shooting was Feb. 17, 2017, when a suspected sniper using a rifle was killed in the 9500 block of Las Vegas Avenue in East Oakland.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
Source: East Bay Oakland police name victim, officers in officer-involved shooting