ANTIOCH -- A sweep conducted in an effort to squash some of the city's recent violence netted a significant catch this week, police said.

Police arrested Emmitt Tippie, 20, of Antioch, the suspected shooter in the wounding of a woman on Sycamore Drive last month. Tippie was held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a Wednesday night crackdown that resulted in 11 arrests in Antioch and Pittsburg, Antioch police Sgt. Tony Morefield said.

The FBI, Contra Costa District Attorney's Office and Pittsburg police also were part of the sweep by Antioch police, Morefield said.

"We consider this all part of our continued operations to suppress crime in the city," Morefield said. "We focus closely on pedestrian stops, vehicle stops, outstanding warrants. We do heavy patrolling of high-crime areas."

Police say Tippie was the shooter on July 31, when a 29-year-old Antioch woman was wounded in front of her apartment in the 1600 block of Sycamore Drive.

That shooting came hours after a 23-year-old woman was shot once in the back of the neck while sleeping in a bed in a second-floor apartment on West Fifth Street. On Aug. 1, a decorated Iraq War veteran was shot multiple times near a golf course. The Marine and the woman continue to recover; police have not announced an arrest in either shooting.

The city also endured a stretch earlier this summer during which one person was killed and eleven others -- including seven people at a house party -- were injured by gunfire in 11 days. Police arrested Gary Bryant Jr. as a suspect in the homicide. Bryant was critically wounded in the exchange of gunfire that killed 23-year-old Kenneth Wayne Cooper Jr.


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City officials authorized the use of a crime suppression unit after that early-summer stretch of violence, and such police sweeps have become more routine.

"The (public) is paying closer attention," Morefield said. "We're responding to it. Obviously, we can't tell you the frequency of this enforcement or when it's going to happen, but people need to know it is happening. We are responding."

Tippie also was wanted on two outstanding felony warrants and was charged with violating his probation, Morefield said. He was being held without bail at the County Jail in Martinez.

Police said charges for the other 10 who were arrested range from possession and sales of narcotics to weapons violations.

Contact Rick Hurd at 925-945-4789 and follow him at Twitter.com/3rderh.