A man with four prior felony convictions might be headed for his fifth, after he appeared in court Monday to face charges that he shot at an Oakland Police Department sergeant as she struggled to free herself from a wrecked police vehicle.
As previously reported, Oakland Police Department Sergeant Nadia Clark was responding to a dispatch call at around 9:25 p.m. on July 23, when she crashed her marked patrol car on the 1900 block of 73rd Avenue.
According to OPD Lieutenant Roland Holmgren, who addressed media following the incident, Clark “was dazed and helpless," as well as trapped in her crashed vehicle.
That's when, according to a probable cause statement written by OPD Sergeant Bradley Baker and reported on by Bay City News Monday, a man police say was 30-year-old Oakland resident Marcus Tyrone Moss "approached the scene...armed himself with a semiautomatic 9mm handgun and made some anti-police statements before raising the firearm and shooting at Sgt. Clark.”
Clark was, "wearing a full Oakland Police Department uniform and was operating in a fully marked police vehicle with overhead lights and police markings," Baker notes.
According to the Chron, while "police have not disclosed what Moss allegedly said" they "described him as being emboldened by recent violence against law enforcement and police shootings across the country."
Moss, who police say was not involved in the crash, did not strike Clark, as the gun "appears to have malfunctioned," Baker says. After a second attempt to fire on Clark, police allege that Ross fled on foot.
After days of searching, collection of witness accounts, and examination of area video surveillance footage, police say they identified Moss as the suspect and arrested him in Stockton at about 4:30 a.m. last Thursday, following a standoff with police.
According to Baker, Moss “identified himself in the video which clearly shows his actions." Police also say that when they searched the Stockton residence where they found Ross, they discovered a firearm they believe was used in the shooting.
On Monday, Moss was arraigned in Alameda County Superior Court and charged with willful, deliberate and premeditated attempted murder of a peace officer, and for being an ex-felon in possession of a gun. According to Alameda County Prosecutors, he has previous felony convictions dating back to 2005: Two second-degree robbery convictions, one second-degree commercial robbery conviction, and a previous conviction for being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
Moss remains in custody without bail at Alameda County's Santa Rita Jail. He's expected to return to court on September 28 to enter a plea.