OAKLAND -- Attempted murder of a police officer and other charges have been filed against two reputed gang members suspected of shooting at two Oakland officers during a vehicle chase last week, authorities said Tuesday.
Prosecutors declined to file charges for now against two other reputed gang members -- a 15-year-old boy and another man -- who were also arrested. They have been released.
Besides two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, Jose Antonio Morfin Jr., 23, and Juan Carlos Govealopez, 18, both of Oakland, are charged with shooting at an inhabited dwelling and shooting at an occupied vehicle.
Police said the shooting at an inhabited dwelling charge stems from the suspects firing at a house occupied by other gang members and the shooting at an occupied vehicle stems from firing at the SUV the officers were driving that was hit by at least one bullet. The officers were not hurt.
The counts also contain enhancement clauses that the crimes were gang-related.
Sgt. Eric Milina said both men have admitted their involvement saying they only wanted to scare the officers.
The violence started about 9:06 p.m. April 23 after a house in the 2200 block of Harrington Avenue in East Oakland was shot at by the suspects who were inside an Acura. Milina said the men charged and the people in the house shot at are members of different cliques of the same gang who have been feuding. No one was injured.
Two police officers in a marked SUV responded to the shooting, saw the Acura fleeing and began chasing it near Coolidge and Brookdale avenues.
During the chase, which went on Interstate 580 for a brief period and on city streets, the officers were shot at multiple times by Morfin, Milina said.
The pursuit ended when the Acura hit a sidewalk in the 5700 block of Brookdale. Govealopez, who was driving, tried to run away but was quickly captured. Morfin and the 15-year-old and another 18-year-old remained in the car. Two pistols, including one with a 50-round clip were recovered by police.
Both suspects are being held without bail and face life in prison if convicted. They are due to enter pleas May 8.