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Oakland, Calif. police chief Anthony Batts, right, talks to reporters at the scene of an officer-involved shooting on 64th Avenue, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. Asst. Chief Howard Jordan is at left. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff)

One man is dead and another injured after Oakland police officers fired on two armed suspects early Thursday evening at a sprawling East Oakland apartment complex where at least two other violent incidents occurred recently.

The shooting happened about 5:30 p.m. when police confronted two armed men in the parking garage of the apartment complex in the 2700 block of 64th Avenue, between Bancroft Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said.

Police arrived on the scene after receiving a call that the men were in the building, Thomason said. Officers confronted the men, ordered them to drop their weapons, and at least one officer fired after the men refused, he said.

Emergency crews took the injured man to a hospital in stable condition. Police did not release either man's identity.

Shortly after, Chief Anthony Batts arrived at the apartment building. Several deadly incidents have occurred there in the past, earning the building the nickname "New Jack City" by neighbors. A man was shot and killed several months ago outside the building, and an 11-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run on a nearby corner in November.

Police released few details about the incident, the department's sixth officer-involved shooting in 2009 — all involving armed suspects, according to Thomason. He said homicide and internal affairs investigators and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office will investigate the shooting because officers were involved.



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