A man who fought with two Oakland police officers Friday night was shot by one of them after he began swinging a metal bar at them, investigators said Saturday.

The officer who fired had been punched in the head by the man, investigators said.

The Oakland man, whose name was not released and who might be homeless, was in critical condition Saturday at a hospital but is expected to survive. The officer who shot the man was treated and released at a hospital for injuries suffered in the confrontation.

Neither her name nor the other officer's name was released.

The shooting happened at 7:41 p.m. Friday in the 2100 block of Fruitvale Avenue after the officers saw the man urinating against a building. They intended to cite the man, but he began fighting with them, punching the one officer in the head, police said.

The officers told investigators the man then grabbed a long metal bar out of a cart and began swinging it at their heads. One officer fired at the man, hitting him more than once.

The officer who fired is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such incidents.

The shooting is being investigated by the police homicide and internal affairs units.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 510-238-3821.



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