OAKLAND -- An armed burglary suspect eluded police Thursday after officers surrounded a home for hours and searched through a West Oakland neighborhood.
Police spokesman Johnna Watson said officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of 12th Street about 9 a.m. after a burglary alarm was triggered and someone saw a suspicious person enter the house. A SWAT team responded to the home, and officers fired bean bag rounds shortly before 3 p.m. into the house.
At some point, the man slipped out of the home, but officers don't know exactly when. Officers searched the neighborhood for the man, but called off the search about 5 p.m.
The man was not identified and no injuries were reported.
Reports that shots had been fired or tear gas deployed were incorrect, Watson said, although she noted that bean bag rounds sound like gunshots.
Mandela Parkway between 10th and 14th streets was closed for most of the day while officers searched for the man.
Residents were not evacuated, but were asked to leave their homes voluntarily for safety.
Staff writer Sean Maher contributed to this report. Follow Kristin J. Bender at Twitter.com/kjbender.