In the wake of some horrific news stories across the nation where police were targeted and killed including Dallas & Baton Rouge, it’s no wonder if officers are a bit on edge. These national stories hit home last night when two Emeryville police officers came under gunfire while on foot patrol in the Park Avenue District.
According to a Tweet by Emeryville Police Chief Jennifer Tejada, a single shot was fired in the vicinity of two foot patrol officers about 8:30 last night. A singe 9mm round was recovered in a building at the intersection of Park Avenue and Watts Street adjacent to Pixar Animation Studios.
1 shot fired as officers on Foot Patrol Watts/ Park. A 9mm round found in wall of nearby building- Officers not injured. @EmeryvilleCA
— Chief Tejada (@ChiefTejada) July 30, 2016
Neither the Chief or the official City of Emeryville twitter handle could confirm if the officers were in fact the target of the shooter. The area is a block behind the Oaks Club Parking lot and just two blocks away from the 40th & San Pablo intersection that has been the scene of more frequent criminal activity including a recent daytime shooting.
At this time we are not confirming officers were targeted only that shot fired at approximately 8:30 PM as officers were on (cont’d)
— Emeryville, CA (@EmeryvilleCA) July 30, 2016
[Updates:] The EPD later released this statement referring to the incident as a “Negligent Discharge of a Firearm”. “The bullet hit the ground approx. 50” in front of the officers” noted Chief Tejada when I inquired for an update of the incident. “The officers did not hear any gun shot sound, the Oakland shot spotter did not pick up any shots so it is most likely the gun was fired from quite a distance away. All this leads me to conclude the officers were not targeted.”
While on foot patrol this evening at 8:15pm on Watts Avenue, two Emeryville Police Officers saw a 9mm bullet ricochet off the ground near where they were walking. The bullet lodged in a nearby building. The officers were not injured.
There were no reported injuries. No description of the shooter(s) was provided and they remain at large. Since this is Breaking News, we will update this post as new information becomes available.