Two Oakland Firefighters Gunned Down In Oakland Off-Duty, One Killed
Two Oakland Firefighters Shot
San Jose, CA – Two Oakland firefighters were attacked and shot on Thursday, August 17, and one firefighter has died. They were off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 9:37 PM outside the Gordon Biersch Brewing Co. in San Jose’s Japantown, according to SFGate. The two Oakland firefighters were part of a group of five firefighters, all probationary after having graduated from the Oakland Fire Academy on April 22, who were in plain clothes and just out for a night with friends.
They were confronted by two or more men on the sidewalk during the Taylor Street Night Market. One man opened fire on the group of firefighters after a brief exchange of words. Two of the probationary firefighters were shot, and transported to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
One firefighter, Jake P. Walter, age 30, died at the hospital, and a second firefighter, whose identity was not released, remains in stable condition in the intensive care unit. Interim Oakland Fire Chief Darin White said that doctors “were optimistic about his recovery”.
The suspect, Oliver Juinio, fled on foot, but was quickly located and arrested by other officers. He was charged with suspicion of murder and attempted murder, and remains in the Santa Clara County Jail. Juinio’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23.
Court records show that Juinio has a previous criminal history including burglary and attempted burglary convictions in 2010 and a drunk driving conviction in 2015.
Oakland Deputy Fire Chief Melinda Drayton said “This was an absolutely random act of violence.”
“This tragedy has left a somber cloud over the department, and within the hearts of many,” Interim Chief White said. “Our prayers go out to the family. No parent should be in a situation where they see their child pass on before they do.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oakland Firefighter Jake Walter.