‘Fight for his life’: Retired Oakland Police captain shot 6 times during attempted robbery in town he had previously worked to protect



OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – A retired police captain was shot dead during an attempted theft at a gas station Thursday in West Oakland, a source told ABC7 News reporter Dion Lim.

Long-time OPD captain Ersie Joyner was shot six times and is in critical but stable condition.

Joyner was pumping gas around 1:00 p.m. at the Chevron station on Castro Street when he was approached by three men who were apparently trying to steal him.

Surveillance video obtained by ABC7 News shows the struggle between Joyner and the suspects:

Video confirms that Joyner was shot six times and shot and killed one of the suspects, although we cannot show the full footage due to the graphic content.

The suspects entered a waiting black four-door sedan and left the area, police said.

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It is not known if Joyner was a specific target in the incident.

Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong spoke at a press conference saying, “It is at the start of the investigation that we look at all the motives, everything that may have led to this particular incident, so nothing is excluded. “

Chief Armstrong said the other two suspects who escaped have not been arrested, but City Council member Loren Taylor, who has come to the hospital to show support for Joyner and her family, is optimistic .

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“I predict that there is some evidence that will lead to charges to find out who is responsible, but unfortunately we just don’t have those answers yet. We have to wait a bit,†Taylor said.

On Thursday evening, officers could be seen entering and leaving the hospital, clearly watching over a man who once worked so hard to help fight crime.

“Shows us how brazen these people involved in this business can be,” said Chief Armstrong. “It is unfortunate that we have to stand before you today and talk about one person who has passed away and one who is truly fighting for their life.”

Anyone with information can contact Oakland Police at (510) 238-3821 or TIP LINE at (510) 238-7950.

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