OAKLAND -- A 16-year-old Oakland boy has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer in connection with the July shooting that blew out a window of a California Highway Patrol cruiser, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said Wednesday.
The officer was not injured.
Kenyon Thomas was arrested on a warrant leaving a friend's home in the 1400 block of Bay Street in East Palo Alto at 11 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The case will be presented to the Alameda County District Attorney later this week, which could determine whether the teen will be prosecuted as an adult, police said.
The shooting happened at 8:30 p.m. July 21, when a CHP officer tried to make a traffic stop on a van near the 800 block of 50th Avenue in Oakland.
During the pursuit, suspects in a second car rammed the CHP officer's cruiser while he chased the van. Someone inside the car fired several rounds at the officer as the pursuit went into the 800 block of 42nd Avenue. The suspects in both the van and car eventually got out of their vehicles and ran away.
Police arrested David Gonzalez, 23, and Samiuela Sina, 18, both of Oakland, that night. A third man, Joseph Gonzalez, the 18-year-old brother of David Gonzalez, was arrested two days later after a standoff outside a home in the 2400 block of East 24th Street in Oakland, police said. The teen was also believed to be in the home but somehow slipped away, police said.
Thomas was enrolled in Oakland's Community Day School alternative campus last year, a school district spokesman said, but was not enrolled this year.
The three men are allegedly members of an Oakland gang and face a gang enhancement charge along with attempted murder on a police officer, carjacking and evading police. They have been charged by the district attorney and remain at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on no-bail holds. They are due in court Friday to enter pleas.
The arrest of the teen comes just a day after a CHP officer was shot in the head on Interstate 680 near Alamo on Tuesday morning ¿while conducting a routine traffic stop. The suspect, identified by police as Christopher Boone Lacy, 36, was shot and killed by a CHP officer after Lacy shot CHP Officer Kenyon Youngstrom after being pulled over for an obstructed license plate. Youngstrom remains in critical condition.
"What happened July 21 and (Tuesday) are examples of the dangers all law enforcement officers face," Jordan said. "Anyone who shoots at a police officer is a really, really dangerous person."