OAKLAND -- Authorities have identified a man suspected of shooting an Oakland police officer in the leg Friday as Nathan Cook, 30, of Oakland.

The officer, a 13-year veteran of the department, was shot in the line of duty while chasing Cook with another officer in the Fruitvale district, authorities said Sunday.

The injured officer's partner shot at Cook after Cook first fired at them, authorities said.

The suspect was not hit by gunfire, and the injured officer was released from the hospital within several hours of the shooting.

Police plan to hold a news conference Monday to discuss that shooting and another police-involved shooting that took place last week.

"You cannot shoot at police officers when they are out there in the line of duty trying to protect the community," a visibly angry police Chief Howard Jordan said at the scene of Friday's shooting.

Both officers are expected to fully recover, and Jordan said it was very fortunate their injuries weren't more severe.

In Friday's incident, the injured officer was able to chase Cook for two blocks before he dropped his weapon and surrendered.

The incident began about 5:30 p.m., when officers were responding to a noninjury hit-and-run collision at East 12th Street and 47th Avenue. During their investigation, officers heard gunshots a few blocks away, and left the accident to check out the shots.


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They encountered a man -- later identified as Cook -- at East 12th Street and 49th Avenue who allegedly fired on officers, striking one in the leg. Despite his injury, the officer continued to chase Cook before he surrendered and was arrested, Jordan said. The injured officer's partner was not injured.

The officers' names have not been released.

Just four days earlier, on Jan. 21, an undercover detective was treated and released from a hospital after being shot in the arm while investigating a homicide in East Oakland, police said.

Police later arrested two suspected gang members on parole and detained three other people in connection with the shooting.

The detective was sitting in a car in the 1700 block of Seminary Avenue when he was shot about 6:22 p.m. He was in the neighborhood investigating a shooting that occurred on Sunday, officials said.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.