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Police set up a perimeter near the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue after an undercover detective was shot in the arm while investigating a previous shooting.

OAKLAND -- Police have arrested two suspected gang members on parole and detained three other people in connection with the shooting of a police officer Monday night.

The officer was treated and released from a hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the arm, police said. Police did not identify either the suspects in custody or those who had been detained during their search.

Police Chief Howard Jordan said the officer -- an undercover detective -- was sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue when he was shot about 6:22 p.m.

The officer was in the neighborhood investigating a shooting in the 5900 block of Foothill Boulevard on Sunday that left a 19-year-old Oakland man with life-threatening injuries, police said. The officer's deployment was part of a 60-day action plan implemented by city and police leaders to stem a recent surge in violence, Jordan said.

Investigators are still trying to determine which suspect fired at the officer and how many shots were fired. Police still do not know if the shooter or shooters were aware the man was an undercover officer when they shot at him, Jordan said.

Regardless, "they intended to assault and injure him," Jordan said. "These are very dangerous people who will shoot at other people for no reason."


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The undercover officer told investigators that he was not able to return fire, Jordan said.

Jordan described the wounded officer as "one of our best ... who has the experience and the willingness to survive."

Oakland Police Department and the Oakland Housing Authority officers who were in the area responded to the shooting immediately, Jordan said.

The shooting sparked a massive overnight manhunt in the East Oakland neighborhood. Officers from the Alameda County's Sheriff's Department, BART police, state parole agents, and the California Highway Patrol helicopter assisted with the search.

The Alameda County Sheriff's SWAT team was brought in to relieve Oakland police SWAT officers just after noon Tuesday and concluded their search in the Seminary Avenue area just after 3 p.m., police said. The OPD team had been searching for the suspects since about 10 p.m. Monday night and will continue looking for any other persons who may have been involved in the shooting.

Jordan would not say whether the suspects were in a car or on foot at the time of the shooting but police earlier said that one suspect was seen holding a gun as he ran from the scene.

Police said Tuesday morning they had also recovered other guns but would not say where they were found. It wasn't immediately known which weapon was used to shoot the officer.

"It takes a total community effort to address a situation like this," Deputy Mayor Sandre Swanson said. "It's very serious when an officer gets shot."

Swanson added that leaders have every confidence that the city and the police department will bring every resource needed "to make people feel safe."

Staff writers Erin Ivie and Daniel M. Jimenez contributed to this report. Contact Harry Harris at hharris@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/HarryHarris15.