OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A fugitive has been charged with murder after a protester was killed last month near the former Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall, authorities said Friday.
Norris Terrell, 20, is awaiting extradition to California after being arrested Sunday in Lexington, Ky., for the Nov. 10 slaying of Kayode Ola Foster, 25, who had been staying at the anti-Wall Street site in Oakland for at least two weeks, police said.
Terrell left Oakland on a bus the day after the shooting and fled to Kentucky, where authorities found him at a friend's house, interim police Chief Howard Jordan said.
Police said Foster was shot in a fight, possible over alcohol, on the City Hall plaza. At least six gunshots were fired, creating chaos among occupiers and eyewitnesses and sparking community outrage that led police to shut down the camp four days later.
Police arrested three other men in connection with the attack.
Joseph Anthony Gholston, 32, Excell McKinley, 20, and Carleon Roberson, 18, all of Oakland, were charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon for beating Foster before the shooting, police said.
Jordan said cooperation from the public and surveillance video led to the arrests.
"We've been following a bunch of leads since that day, and we received a lot of calls from citizens who provided us with key information," Jordan said.
Terrell also was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling when a bullet meant for Foster went through a window and grazed a worker inside, police said.
It was unclear whether Terrell has a lawyer. Attorneys for Gholston, McKinley and Roberson could not be reached for comment. The three men charged with assault are due in court on Dec. 7.
An investigation was ongoing.