Retired Oakland Police captain recovering, 1 suspect killed during gas station gun battle

Retired Oakland Police captain recovering, 1 suspect killed during gas station gun battle

Police investigate a fatal shooting at a gas station in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A retired Oakland police captain was shot Thursday in an exchange of gunfire during an apparent robbery attempt at a gas station that left one of his attackers dead. Ersie Joyner, who once headed the city's Ceasefire anti-violence initiative, was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

Police investigate a fatal shooting at a gas station in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group via AP)

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UPDATED 4:38 PM PT – Friday, October 22, 2021

A retired Oakland Police captain is recovering after being shot during an attempted robbery.

On Thursday, authorities confirmed Ersie Joyner had undergone surgery and is in stable condition in the ICU. Officials said Joyner was pumping gas at a Chevron station when he was approached by three individuals who tried to rob him at gun point.

A struggle ensued before Joyner pulled out his own gun and opened fire, killing one of the suspects. Two of the suspects then returned fire, injuring the former captain.

Oakland’s Chief of Police Leronne Armstrong stressed the surge in crime is sweeping the Democrat-led city.

“This highlights the violence that we’ve seen in this city this entire year. We’ve seen so many tragic situations. We’ve seen so many people lose their lives as a result of violence. Again, this today, again shows us how brazen these individuals involved in this activity can be,” Armstrong said.

Police are still searching for the surviving suspects, including a fourth individual thought to be the getaway driver.

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