OAKLAND -- An off-duty San Francisco sheriff's deputy shot a 17-year-old boy he said was trying to rob him near Lake Merritt early Monday morning, an Oakland police spokeswoman said.
Police spokeswoman Officer Johnna Watson said the teen, an Alameda resident whose name was not released, remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police responded to the 400 block of Lee Street, near the lake, at 1:34 a.m. and found the wounded boy and a man who identified himself as an off-duty officer. Oakland police did not release the man's name or age, but sheriff's office spokeswoman Susan Fahey said the officer is a "20-year veteran in good standing with (the) department."
The deputy told police he'd been walking on the sidewalk with a woman when the teen approached him with what appeared to be a gun and demanded money.
The officer "perceived a threat to his life," Watson said, and drew his own gun, shooting the suspect. Neither the officer nor the woman were injured.
Police found a replica firearm at the scene, she said. The boy was arrested on attempted robbery charges.
The off-duty officer was not arrested. Police did not say if the gun was his duty weapon or a personal firearm.