Guilty Verdict in Attempted Murder of Fremont Police Officer

People v Andrew Barrientos

OAKLAND -- Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley announces that a jury has found gang member Andrew Barrientos guilty of multiple violent felonies stemming from a 2010 crime spree. Convictions include the attempted murder of Fremont Police Officer Todd Young as well as assault with a firearm on a police officer, carjacking, attempted carjacking, shooting into occupied vehicles, assault with a firearm, making criminal threats and unlawful gun possession. The jury also found to be true several enhancements including firearm use, infliction of great bodily injury and promoting criminal conduct by gang members.

On August 27, 2010, Fremont Police Officers Young and Tang were working as gang investigators with the Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force. Barrientos was a gang member wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, issued after the defendant fled recklessly from the police in a vehicle in April 2010. The defendant was also wanted by the Police for assaulting his ex-girlfriend with a pistol and threatening to kill her on August 13, 2010. Officers Young and Tang found the defendant in Oakland. As they attempted to arrest him, the defendant pulled out a firearm and fired ten times at Officer Young. Officer Young was struck by a bullet in the pelvis and sustained life threatening injuries.

After Officer Young was shot, Oakland Police Officers quickly responded and transported Officer Young to Highland Hospital. The medical staff at Highland Hospital determined Officer Young was suffering from severe internal bleeding and began heroic, lifesaving treatment. Officer Young underwent multiple surgeries, received massive blood transfusions and was hospitalized for seven weeks. He still faces further surgery and extensive physical therapy.

After defendant Barrientos shot Officer Young, he shot at two more motorists and carjacked a vehicle. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office Gang Unit and the Oakland Police Department tracked the defendant to San Diego the following day. As the defendant ran to the border in an effort to cross into Mexico, San Diego Police Sergeant Jason Weeden arrested him at gunpoint. At the time of the arrest, the defendant had a loaded firearm in his waistband.

Alameda County Deputy District Attorney John Brouhard, who prosecuted the case, said the following: “We owe a debt of gratitude to those police officers who put themselves in harm’s way, attempting to protect our community from gang violence.“

District Attorney O’Malley adds, “Law enforcement officers from the Fremont, Oakland and San Diego police departments as well as the DA Office’s Gang Unit, worked tirelessly to apprehend this defendant and to investigate this case. Today, justice was served due to the excellent work of DDA John Brouhard, the inspectors of the DA’s Office and these officers from the three police agencies.”

Defendant Barrientos is scheduled to be sentenced on December 16, 2011.


Posted on Nov 16, 2011