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Burglary tools found in U-Haul connected to suspect in officer shooting

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Police block off access to Grand Street from C Street while investigating the scene of an officer involved shooting behind Hayward Bart in Hayward, Calif., on Friday. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group)

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An investigator collects numbered evidence tags during a police investigation at the scene of an officer involved shooting along Grand Street between C and Claire Streets behind Hayward Bart in Hayward, Calif., on Friday. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group via AP)

HAYWARD, Calif. » Authorities say officers found a backpack with a ski mask and burglary tools in a U-Haul connected to the man suspected of shooting and wounding a San Francisco Bay Area transit officer.

Bay Area Rapid Transit Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Jennings says the backpack also had a BB gun.

Charles Goetting was also shot Friday when a second Bay Area Rapid Transit officer returned fire at the Hayward station. BART police say they later discovered a man’s body inside a U-Haul truck that Goetting was pushing.

The vehicle’s license plates had been switched. Jennings said the handgun Goetting used was stolen.

Goetting was listed in stable condition Friday. The wounded officer, who has not been identified, was treated and released from a hospital.

Officers had approached Goetting in a parking area at the Hayward station because they thought he was acting suspiciously, spokeswoman Denisse Gonzalez said Friday. As the officers tried to identify Goetting, he ran, turned and shot at the officers in pursuit, she said.

Goetting was on probation following drug and burglary convictions, authorities said.

3 responses to “Burglary tools found in U-Haul connected to suspect in officer shooting”

  1. HanabataDays says:

    There was a man’s body in the u-haul this dude was pushing and they buried the lede in favor of “a ski mask and burglary tools”? Totally weird, what that says about the state of American journalism. Oh, and ahahaha poor dead guy in the u-haul.

  2. mikethenovice says:

    All criminals leave some form of forensic evidence behind. Forensic is the silent witness.

  3. mikethenovice says:

    And the coddling of the ACLU will insist that these deadbeat offenders be realized to only end up doing another crime.

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