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Oakland nonfatal shooting suspect hit with federal gun possession charges

Oakland nonfatal shooting suspect hit with federal gun possession charges

OAKLAND — A Bay Area man has been hit with federal charges that stem from a February 2023 shooting in which he allegedly fired at a man who’d just shot a round into the air, court records show.

Rufus Rogers, 44, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The criminal complaint alleges that on Feb. 17 Rogers and another man argued outside of a liquor store on 60th Avenue and the other guy shot a pistol into the air once, prompting Rogers to fire three times at him.

No one was struck by gunfire.

Rogers, identified by police through surveillance camera footage, was on supervised release at the time after serving nine years in federal prison for crack cocaine sales. In that case, Rogers allegedly tried to run from San Francisco Police Department officers while attempting to swallow a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine. The officers were conducting an undercover operation in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood when they observed him selling drugs to “an elderly woman,” prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Rogers was indicted on Aug. 8, and a judge ordered him detained at a court appearance later that day. He remains in federal custody at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, records show.