A female officer responding to an assault in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday morning ended up killing a suspect after the man immediately struck her multiple times with a metal chain when she tried to talk to him, Oakland Police Chief Sean Whent said.
Whent said the officer, who is an 18-year veteran of the force, went to a residential complex at the corner of MacArthur Boulevard and Van Buren Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. to follow-up with the victim of an assault at the complex that was reported at about 6:45 a.m., reports KNTV.
The victim told several officers who responded to the scene at about 7 a.m. that the suspect had been trespassing in the complex's garage. When she asked him to leave he assaulted her, according to Whent.
The officer, who was hit in the face and the head, was taken to the hospital in serious condition suffering from a head injury, Watson said. She was alone at the time and she discharged her weapon after she was attacked, Watson said.