Oakland police officer shot

Daily Planet News Service
Sunday September 29, 2002

OAKLAND – A rookie Oakland police officer was in stable condition at Highland Hospital Friday after being shot in the head by a unknown man in area of city known for having problems with drugs and prostitution, police say. 

Oakland police Sgt. George Phillips said police having been looking for the shooter, but have not found him as of yet. 

Phillips said the wounded officer stopped in front of the Mosswood Hotel in 683 West Blvd. at around 2:45 a.m. upon seeing a group of people gathered in the hotel's driveway. 

When the officer approached the group, one man immediately separated himself from the rest. While attempting to contact the unknown man, the officer was fired upon without provocation, Phillips said.