OAKLAND -- Bowing to pressure from the family of an 18-year-old shot and killed by an Oakland police officer, the department released several reports early Wednesday detailing the incident.
The reports, available online (http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/OPD/a/PublicReports/OIS/index.htm), are heavily censored and include conflicting statements both from witnesses and police.
Police Chief Howard Jordan said he made the report public to help clarify facts about the incident.
John Burris, the Bluefords' attorney, called the documents "woefully insufficient" and failed to clarify the facts of what happened. "It's pretty clear that at some point this kid did have a gun," Burris said. "Whether he pointed it at police is unclear."
The shooting occurred just after midnight on May 6 after officers stopped three men on 90th Avenue in East Oakland. Two of the men were detained, but Alan Blueford took off running with Officer Miguel Masso chasing after him.
Blueford ran several blocks before stumbling after crashing into a front fence of a home on the 92nd block of Birch Street.
Police have said that Masso fired four shots after seeing Blueford reach for a gun. Three struck Blueford in the front of his torso, with one going through his heart. The fourth bullet struck Masso in his own foot
Unnamed witnesses gave several different accounts of what happened in front of the house, where people were attending a party.
One witness said Blueford reached for his waistband before Masso shot him. Multiple witnesses said they heard Blueford say, "I didn't do anything" before Masso fired from close range.
One witness erroneously said she saw Blueford fire a shot. Police have confirmed that all four shots were fired by Masso.
The documents also include officer statements, lab results and coroner reports. Masso's recorded statement is not included. Jordan said the audio tape remains part of an ongoing Internal Affairs investigation into the incident.
Jordan also said that officers stopped the three men because they appeared suspicious. His office on the day of the shooting released a message saying that the officers sought to detain the men because they observed a potentially concealed gun.
A Sauer 9 mm semi-automatic pistol was found near Blueford after the shooting. Lab results found Blueford's thumb print on the ammunition magazine.
Blueford's family and their supporters will have access to additional documentation in connection with the lawsuit they filed against the city.
Contact Matthew Artz at 510-208-6435.