OAKLAND -- A suspected truck burglar was shot in the leg by the vehicle's owner Friday night in the Grand Lake district, police said.

The shooting happened after the suspect fought with the owner, left and came back threatening him as if he had a gun, police said. No gun was found.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Oakland man, was hospitalized and held by police on suspicion of burglary. His name was not released pending a review of the case by the District Attorney's Office. Police said he was uncooperative with investigators.

The truck owner, a 46-year-old man who works in the area and lives in another city, was released after questioning by police. His name was not released.

The shooting happened at about 10:06 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Walker Avenue, not far from the Grand Lake Theater.

Police said the truck owner had gotten off work and was walking to his truck to go home when he saw three men breaking into the parked vehicle. He got into a fight with the suspects, and a security guard at a nearby restaurant intervened.

One of the suspects fled but the man who was eventually shot and another man remained, verbally threatening the truck owner and making gestures toward their waistbands as if they had guns before leaving, police said.

The truck owner called police.

But before officers arrived the 30-year-old man and his accomplice returned and made more verbal threats and gestures simulating that they had guns, police said.


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The truck owner, who had armed himself with a pistol he had at work at that point, told police the 30-year-old man started coming toward him and he tried to warn him off. But when the man kept coming he fired one shot at him, hitting him in the leg.

He told investigators he fired the shot because he believed his life was in danger.

The wounded man's accomplices are being sought.