Information from documents filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court regarding the Richmond Police Department's wiretap program:
June 25: Police intercepted calls between suspected gang members linking them to a shooting on westbound Interstate 80 in Richmond. Subsequent investigation revealed that a gang member was wounded during a car-to-car exchange of gunfire on the freeway in June. Based on information gleaned from the calls, investigators got and served a search warrant in Vallejo and recovered a gun linked to the shooting. Two arrests were made in connection with the shooting.
July 3: Phone taps alerted police that three suspects were set to go to a Richmond house to get guns to use in a shooting against rival gang members. Instead, police stopped the suspects before they could get there. Subsequent investigations and a search warrant in the 100 block of South 29th Street netted two more handguns.
July 15: Phone taps alerted investigators that four people -- including two senior gang members -- had been recently shot by rivals. Four other men secured guns and a car to commit a retaliatory shooting on an apartment complex. Police established surveillance around the complex and marked units interdicted the potential shooters. A high-speed chase ensued, with the four men throwing guns out of the car as they fled. California Highway Patrol laid spike strips across Highway 37 near Sears Point in Sonoma County to disable the vehicle and arrest the men. Several guns were recovered along the road as well.