Oakland security officer shot dead, another injured; authorities say incident unrelated to protests

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Posted at 8:44 AM, May 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 20:53:00-04

(KGTV) -- Bay Area authorities are investigating the shooting death of one security officer and injuries to another after they were gunned down amid fiery protests in Oakland late Friday night.

The shooting happened outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, a few blocks from where thousands of demonstrators where gathered.

A statement from the FBI sent to Bay Area media said that at about 9:45 p.m., a vehicle approached the federal building and a gunman inside the car fired at the officers.

The security officers are contracted by the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Mercury News reported that the Oakland Police Department said the shooting “is unrelated to tonight’s demonstration.”

It’s unknown if police have any suspects in custody.

FBI San Francisco and Oakland Police Department continue to investigate the shooting, KRON news reported.

The incident happened as large groups of demonstrators clashed with police in downtown Oakland to protest the death of George Floyd. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, knelt on his neck until he passed out.

ABC 7 News in San Francisco is reporting that 60 suspected looters were detained for further investigation and 18 people were arrested by Oakland police. At least six Oakland police officers and seven other members of law enforcement were injured, according to ABC 7 News.