Update: Piedmont Man Arrested In Shooting of Federal Agent in Newark

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Editor's Note: This report was updated at 4:35 p.m.

Newark — Police have arrested a Piedmont man in connection to a Tuesday morning shooting in Newark that injured an off-duty federal agent, police said.

Dennis Bagwell, 61, of Piedmont has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to a press release. Police said he does not have a history of criminal activity.

Newark Detective Sgt. Mike Carroll said Bagwell is a property manager who lives on Linda Avenue in Piedmont.

Bagwell was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in Union City.

Multiple gunshots were heard on the 7700 block of Mayhews Landing Road at about 5:50 a.m. Tuesday near Bettencourt Street, said Cmdr. Bob Douglas of the Newark Police Department.

Police said when they arrived the federal agent was suffering from at least one gunshot wound and was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, the closest trauma center.

The victim's family has asked that his medical condition not be made public.

The agent's identity has not been released, but Newark police confirmed that he is a 61-year-old Newark resident employed with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency with the Department of Homeland Security.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the victim was an agent assigned to San Francisco International Airport. Read the full Chronicle report here.

It appears that the federal agent may have had a confrontation with the suspect, Douglas said.

It is unknown whether the agent fired a weapon, Douglas said.

Douglas said the victim was shot outside of his home and that it was "a random incident" and that the public was not at risk.

Witnesses described seeing a tall man with a limp leaving the area soon after shots were fired. Douglas said it is unknown whether the suspect was injured.

The suspect was first seen going north on foot toward Sycamore Street and then was last seen driving a small to mid-size sedan similar to a Toyota Camry or Lexus.

A neighbor who lives across the street said she was in her living room when she heard someone yell, "Get down on the ground." She said she then heard multiple gunshots.

The neighbor, who didn't want her name published, said she then saw a man in a white hooded sweatshirt limping away from the house.

Another neighbor said his surveillance video captured the suspect's  vehicle heading east on Bettencourt Street toward Hayley Street.

Neighbors said an incident like this is uncommon for the neighborhood. 

"It's a pretty quiet neighborhood. It's really surprising," said the woman who heard the shots, saying she's lived there for about 11 years.

Douglas said the Newark Police Department is working with federal agencies and other local agencies in the investigation.

"It's still ongoing and leads are being followed up on as we speak," Douglas said.

The shooting happened less than half a mile away from and Elementary Schools, but no lockdowns were initiated. Newark residents told Patch that they received multiple automated calls from the stating that all schools are open and safe.

Mayhews Landing Road was closed from Buckeye Street to Spruce Street for several hours but was opened by 1:45 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sergeant Mike Carroll at 510-578-4247. Anonymous tips can be called into 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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Linda Lawrence February 08, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Interesting, The House they were all @ was very near to where my Sister lives, So we really wanted to know what that was about! Thanks James for always keepin your ears open :)
Nika Megino February 08, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Detective Sgt. Mike Carroll said it was not related. Report in The Argus said no details were provided by authorities regarding those raids.
Linda Lawrence February 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you for Checking. :)
Mona Taplin February 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I did read what you wrote Nadja. When we moved to Newark all the housing was very low income.There was no Lake or Rosemont housing. New homes were available along Newark Blvd and vicinity. We poor people were mighty proud of the fact that our crime rate was almost non existent, and when across the nation and particularly of interest to us insurance rates were raising sky high for schools because of vandalism. Not here. We poor folks had the lowest vandalism rate in the state. Yes, a lot of the housing here was occupied by folks on welfare and section 8. These people were mostly those who were handicapped and unable to work, and many single moms who had been abandoned by good for nothing dead beat fathers. In more recent years authorities make greater effort to ensure that non custodial parents contribute to their children's needs, but it still leaves them in more dire straights than they otherwise would be. We have had in Newark for years now High Rise Senior Citizen housing that is well managed and maintained. There is no reason why we can't increase low income housing for others without creating slums. There is a big difference between low income poor and those without the common sense to use garbage cans instead of tossing their trash outdoors. Yes we do need laws that make it easier to force these people to clean up or move out. At the same time citizens want less government control, not more. we can't have it both ways.
Mona Taplin February 09, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Nadja, why turn the unopened section of Cedar Blvd int another park or family recreation area, when we are unable to maintain the parks we already have? Why parks when druggies and homeless are taking over the parks we already have? It indeed would be great to do something like that or put in community gardens if we had ordinances that didn't conflict with state and federal laws protecting the "rights" of those types. But no matter what, there would have to be barriers like brick walls on each side of the RR tracks. The chain link fencing on Haley is ineffective in keeping out people, many of whom use that for a walking trail already. When you come to the tracks, there is a deep ditch like dip down to the tracks. That is where the barrier should be, on both sides of the tracks for safety's sake. The street also crosses Bettencourt so it would take a lot of planning and foresight to do anything with that area.


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