2020 shootings of Oakland police officers
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On May 30, 2020, two Federal Protective Service officers were shot in Oakland, California by an unknown assailant from a car, resulting in the death of one of the officer and the wounding of the other. The officers were targeted while they were on patrol outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in the city's downtown, during the George Floyd protests in California. David Patrick Underwood, a 53-year-old officer, was fatally shot and died of gunshot wounds, while another officer was critically wounded. At the time of the shooting, Underwood was providing security at the courthouse during a protest.
In Oakland, during the George Floyd protests, an unknown gunman opened fire from a car against Federal Protective Service officers outside a federal courthouse. The vehicle had approached the building around 9:45pm and an individual inside of the vehicle opened fire at the officers standing outside the building, killing one and wounding another.
The FBI is investigating but had not yet identified a motive or a suspect as of May 31. Although initially the police were not sure that the shooting was connected to the protests, on June 2, investigators stated they now believed the attackers were targeting uniformed officers, but who carried out the attack is not clear so far.
Underwood's sister, Angela Underwood Jacobs, a republican candidate to fill a vacant US district in California issued a statement that highlighted the work her brother had done and that the violence seen in the protests must stop.
Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, suggested the attack was possibly part of a pattern and that the department is aware of threats against other police stations and federal buildings and said that “When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism".
Governor Gavin Newsom expressed condolences to Underwood's family and highlighted the pain in the state and nation, but warned that no one should rush to connect the attack on the officers with the protests that night.
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