East Bay Times
Aug. 3—OAKLAND — A San Francisco firefighter was charged Tuesday with attempted murder in connection with a weekend shooting in Oakland that came during a dispute over puppy sales.
Oakland police responded to a report of a shooting victim around 6:30 p.m. Sunday near 30th and Chestnut streets in West Oakland. They learned that the 45-year-old man had driven there after being shot at 1:53 p.m. at a home in the 2500 block of 63rd Avenue.
According to a probable-cause declaration by an Oakland police officer, the victim had been involved in a dispute with Bryon Pointer, 29, over paperwork concerning the sale of puppies. Pointer is a firefighter with the San Francisco Fire Department; he was off duty at the time.
Soon after that dispute, the other man followed Pointer to the 63rd Avenue home and “intentionally damaged” vehicles belonging to Pointer and Pointer’s sister, the declaration said. Authorities said he broke the windows of Pointer’s vehicle and slashed the tires on the sister’s vehicle.
After the man got back in his own vehicle, Pointer shot at him at least four times with a semi-automatic weapon, hitting him in his back and the right side of his neck. The wounded man managed to drive to the West Oakland address before contacting police several hours later.
Officers who obtained a warrant to search Pointer’s home found a spent casing inside the home, which “would suggest Pointer moved the casing” in an attempt to conceal evidence, the declaration said.
Oakland police arrested Pointer on Sunday evening on suspicion of crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, attempting to conceal evidence, receipt of stolen property, and shooting into an inhabited dwelling or vehicle.
Pointer, who listed his occupation as “student,” was booked early Monday into Santa Rita Jail.
The district attorney’s office charged Pointer on Tuesday with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling or vehicle. He was listed in custody on $270,000 bail and faced an initial arraignment Wednesday at Oakland’s Wiley Manuel courthouse, authorities said.
A San Francisco Fire Department spokesman contacted for comment said the incident was under investigation by Oakland police, directing any questions to them.
Staff writer Harry Harris contributed to this report. Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
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