Oakland Officer Who Fatally Shot Teen Will Not Face Charges
Alan DeWayne Blueford was an 18-year-old senior at Skyline High School and was scheduled to graduate in June. The officer said Blueford was shot because he pulled gun on officers, but witnesses said Blueford ran, but never drew a gun.
The Almeda County District Attorney’s Office released a report which included new evidence in the case. Most damning, the report stated that Blueford’s thumb print was found on a stolen semi-automatic gun left at the scene. The report also cited witnesses who said they saw Blueford pull the weapon.
The fatal shooting of Blueford initially caused a series of public demonstrations.
Your Black World reported in May:
The officers were on their way to another incident when they saw a group of young black men and decided to stop them and check for concealed weapons. Blueford ran, and, according to friends, officers shot him in the back three times, and one officer shot himself in the foot.
Part of the reason people were suspicious about the officer’s story was because police changed the initial police report. The original police report stated that Blueford and an officer exchanged fire, and that the OPD officer was shot in the stomach by Blueford, and that both men were taken to the hospital. However, the corrected report maintained that although a firearm was found at the scene, Blueford never fired a shot. And the officer shot himself in the foot, not the stomach.
The report released by the Almeda County District Attorney’s Office does confirm that the officer shot himself in the foot.
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