OAKLAND -- An Alameda County deputy sheriff who fatally shot an unarmed robbery suspect in East Oakland earlier this month has been identified as Derek Thoms, authorities said Tuesday.

Thoms, a canine officer, shot Jacorey Calhoun, 23, on Aug. 3 in a yard in the 10500 block of Acalanes Drive.

Oakland police, who are investigating the shooting, have said no gun was recovered from Calhoun.

Attorney John Burris, representing Calhoun's family, has said the Oakland man was shot in the head while fleeing police. Oakland detectives would not comment about that or any other details of the case since the investigation is ongoing.

Burris, who plans to file a lawsuit in the case soon, said Tuesday that Calhoun was unarmed and there was "no immediate or imminent danger" to the deputy that would justify the shooting.

"He was a suspect in a case three or four weeks before but that doesn't mean he did it," Burris said. "Just because he was a suspect is not justification for shooting the man the way he did."

Police have said Calhoun was one of several men involved in a home-invasion robbery and pistol-whipping on July 12 in the 4700 block of MacArthur Boulevard. The suspects fled in a Volvo after the robbery.

Oakland police saw the Volvo about 4 a.m. Aug. 3 near 55th and Fairfax avenues. Officers tried to stop the car but lost it after a brief chase. Police later spotted the car at 105th and Edes avenues and saw Calhoun run from the vehicle into nearby yards.


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Thoms and his dog responded to help Oakland police in the search, which ended with Calhoun being shot. Thoms, an eight-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was the only one to fire a shot.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said their office would not comment on the case at this time at the request of police.

The case remains under investigation by Oakland police, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the sheriff's office.