Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Inspector III Eugene Guerrero was recognized with the Tri-Valley Knights of Columbus award for his bravery during an incident on Jan. 6, 2021. He was honored at the Red, Blue and Gold Awards Banquet on April 22.
Inspector Guerrero’s keen sense and quick response interrupted two violent and dangerous individuals during an armed carjacking and robbery. His use of good tactics and quick action prevent an innocent victim from being robbed and potentially shot.
Inspector Guerrero’s actions and bravery, while under fire, were in the highest tradition, values, and mission of the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
On January 6, 2021, at approximately 11:54 a.m., Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Inspectors Eugene Guerrero and Eric Milina were attempting to locate a victim of a shooting in the 2200 block of 62nd Avenue in the City of Oakland. While Inspectors Guerrero and Milina were standing in front of the victim’s house, Inspector Guerrero heard a man yelling a couple of houses away. Inspector Guerrero looked south on 62nd Avenue and saw a man standing in the street next to a Ford Mustang at the driver’s side window. The man was pointing a handgun at the Mustang’s driver’s side window, and later confirmed to be pointing a handgun at the driver’s head. A silver Jaguar (suspect vehicle) was double parked in the street next to the Mustang facing northbound. Inspector Guerrero told Inspector Milina that he observed a possible armed carjacking in progress. Inspector Milina, who was also standing on the sidewalk, turned his attention towards the suspect, and attempted to gain the suspect’s attention. The suspect looked in the direction of Inspector Guerrero and pointed his pistol at Guerrero and fired one round. Inspector Guerrero, now standing in the street, saw the suspect shoot at him and fired one round at the suspect in the defense of himself and the victim of the carjacking. The suspect fled to and entered the suspect vehicle. The suspect fired an additional two rounds at Inspector Guerrero as the suspect entered the getaway vehicle through the passenger side door. The carjacking suspects fled the area in the suspect vehicle going southbound on 62nd Avenue. A second suspect was operating the vehicle. Inspectors Guerrero and Milina contacted the occupant of the Mustang, Ms. Saehan, who was the victim of the armed robbery and carjacking. Inspector Guerrero advised the Oakland Police Department of the incident, suspect information, and direction of flight.
This investigation later determined that the suspects in this incident had committed another armed robbery just shortly before this incident. The suspects were identified and taken into custody within hours of this incident. It was determined that both suspect(s) had an extensive violent criminal history for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, weapons violations, and other various crimes.