Oakland police suspect 77th murder

Daily Planet Wire Service
Thursday September 05, 2002


The Oakland Police Department's Homicide Division was at the scene of an apparent homicide Wednesday morning at the 1600 block of Adeline Street in West Oakland. 

At 7:15 a.m., patrol officers in the immediate area discovered a single victim with apparent gunshot wounds, a police spokesman said. 

A representative for the Alameda County Coroner's Officer reports that investigators were called to the scene at roughly10:30 a.m. 

Also Wednesday morning, Oakland Police questioned a man who attempted to shoot his wife but was tackled by her family members before he could pull the trigger. 

At the 2900 block of Fruitvale Ave. police arrived shortly after the 911 call at 10:36 p.m. and family members pointed out the husband's car as he left the scene. 

After a short pursuit, police took the man into custody for questioning. 

The man apparently tried to shoot his wife with a pistol but did not realize the weapon was on safety, police say. 

Before he could take the safety off, however, the woman's family members wrestled the gun out of his hands and forced him out of the house.  

Police say the pistol fired during the tussle but no one was injured. 

“It was a serious attempt,” said an Oakland police officer. “He was trying to finish her off.”