Update on firearm assault on police officer



PRESS RELEASE - July 28, 2011

Update on firearm assault on police officer, San Leandro Watershed, south of Moraga, California which occurred on July 25, 2011

Subsequent to the attack upon an East Bay Regional Park District police officer patrolling the East Bay Municipal Utilities District watershed lands south of Moraga, SWAT teams from EBRPD Police and Alameda County Sheriff's Department returned to the area to conduct a thorough search on July 26, 2011. After an extensive search, teams were unable to locate suspects or a campsite.

The area of the Upper San Leandro watershed is an expansive open-space, very heavily wooded with steep terrain comprising hundreds of acres and not open to the general public. The only public access is by special permit to access certain hiking trails.

Another EBRPD team returned on July 27, 2011 to search a different area for evidence. The teams located the exact location of the crime scene and recovered evidence of the firefight between the suspects and the officer including expended firearms ammunition casings from a high powered assault rifle. Crime scene technicians have recovered that evidence which will be sent to a crime lab.

Additional areas continue to be searched by EBRPD and Alameda County SWAT Teams on an ongoing basis. Due to weather and terrain conditions, and remote access challenges, the investigation will be ongoing and challenging for teams of officers.

Aerial surveillance has determined at least one active marijuana cultivation site exists in the vicinity of the incident. However it is unknown if the shooting was related to the marijuana cultivation site or related to some other illegal activity in the area. There are no known suspects at this time. This area is several miles south of Moraga within Alameda County and not connected to nor related to Rancho Laguna Park in Moraga.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are unable to release further information at this time.

Captain Mark Ruppenthal

Captain Mark Ruppenthal
(510) 544-2217