Retired police captain shot and wounded while pumping gas – but not before taking out one of the shooters


OAKLAND, CA – A retired Oakland Police Captain was shot and wounded while pumping gas at a local station.  The retired Captain, Ersie Joyner, shot and killed at least one of the suspects before being wounded.

Joyner was at Chevron gas station on Castro Street in West Oakland on October 21st afternoon to fuel his vehicle.  As Joyner was pumping gas, a black vehicle pulled up at the gas pump next to him and three men exited.

Joyner, probably because of his training and experience as a police officer, was in tune with his surroundings and noticed as the three men came behind him from around the gas pump. 

The three men engaged with Joyner in an apparent physical altercation while one attempts to get into Joyner’s vehicle which is captured on video surveillance.

Joyner was able to remove himself from the middle of the three armed men, who had already displayed firearms, and create distance. 

Joyner was able to retreat to the back of his vehicle and draw his firearm, which he is legally allowed to have as he is a retired police officer.

Joyner, apparently fearing for his life from these armed suspects, opened fire, striking at least one of them that fell to the ground almost immediately at the gas pumps. 

The other two fled and entered back into the black vehicle which started to drive off, showing that there was a fourth person, a getaway driver, ready to go.

Joyner moves around to the front of the pumps where he was shot by at least one of the suspects and he fell to the ground.  Joyner was able to get up and retreat to the back of his vehicle which allowed an opportunity for the suspects to attempt to pull their friend away from the pumps.

Instead of continuing to retrieve their friend, they dumped him and jumped into the waiting car, and fled the scene, leaving their friend to die.  The Oakland Police Department confirmed that the suspect succumbed to his injuries.

Although the Oakland Police Department has not named the person who was shot and killed, there are multiple reports that a local rapper, only identified as Lil Theze, was the criminal who attacked Joyner. 

The VallejoSun also reports a Bay area hip-hop blog, known as the Thizzler, also reported on the rapper’s death.  At this time, the name of this violent criminal has not been publicly released and these details cannot be confirmed.

The Oakland Police Department received the notification that shots had been fired by a system the city utilizes, known as ShotSpotter.  ShotSpotter is a system that uses technology to identify when shots are fired and alerts officers as they occur which decreases the amount of time for officers to arrive.

As police arrived on the scene, they located both the deceased suspect as well as Joyner.  Joyner was transported to the Highland Hospital where he underwent surgery.  The Oakland Police Department report that Joyner is listed in critical, but stable condition. 

Oakland City Council Member Loren Taylor commented on the shooting incident after she had gone to the hospital to check on Joyner:

“This hits deep, absolutely.  Someone who dedicated his life to keeping other people safe, to have this happen to him, where he is the victim of violent crime, is tragic.”

Before he retired, Joyner led the Oakland Police Department’s Ceasefire program as well as their homicide unit.  Joyner was a police officer for a total of twenty-eight years.

At this point, police have not released any idea of a motive for the robbery or the identity of any of the remaining suspects in the case. 

Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell recognized Joyner by tweeting:

“Praying for retired Oakland Police homicide captain Ersie Joyner.  Ersie was robbed today and as he defended himself was shot multiple times.”+

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Watch: Unarmed Marine veteran disarms armed robbery suspect while still holding groceries in epic takedown

YUMA COUNTY, AZ- Surveillance video shows the moment an unarmed Marine veteran took down an armed robber at a gas station. Watch below:

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office posted a press release detailing the incident. The incident happened on Wednesday, October 20th at approximately 4:30 a.m. Deputies were called to an armed robbery report at the Chevron located at 10747 E. North Frontage Road.

The press release stated that upon arrival, deputies learned that three suspects entered the Chevron, one of them armed with a handgun. Authorities said:

“The armed suspect walked next to a store customer while pointing the weapon toward the cashier when the customer acted immediately and disarmed him. The other two suspects fled the area when they witnessed their fellow criminal stopped. The customer was able to detain the suspect he disarmed until law enforcement arrived.”

According to police, the suspect detain during the incident was a juvenile and has since been booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center on one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault. The other two suspects remain at large. The case remains under investigation.

When deputies contacted the customer, who previously served in the United States Marine Corps, and asked how he was able to take control of the situation, the Marine who has not been identified, said:

“The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.”

Video of the incident has been viewed more than 114,000 times and has gotten more than 3,000 comments and reactions . One commenter wrote:

“What an amazing act of courage.”

Another user said:

“That’s a true hero right there. Fast acting much appreciated.”


In a separate incident, an Oneida County ex-convict has been arrested after he was accused of shooting and pistol whipping a man he was trying to rob. According to a news released issued by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Clifton E. Bibbins of Utica, New York, was taken into custody by deputies.

New York State prison records indicate that Bibbins previously served time at the Watertown Correctional Facility in Jefferson County after he was convicted of armed robbery in 2006. 

On October 14th, deputies were called to the Milton Meadows Apartments at 10 Robins Way in the town of Lansing for a reported shooting during a home invasion. A 31-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his foot and cuts to his head from being hit with a handgun.

The man reported that he opened his apartment door and was attacked by two people. Police stated that the two suspects demanded money from the man. One of the men was identified as Bibbins, but the second person has not yet been identified by police.


Bibbins has been charged with first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. All four charges are felonies. Bibbins is being held at the Tompkins County Jail with no bail. 

In another incident, authorities have arrested a Saltville, Virginia man in Spartanburg, South Carolina for his role in an armed robbery that left a gas station teller injured and $338 lighter. 

According to Saltville Police Chief Erik Puckett, 33-year-old Ryan Huffman allegedly entered a Cargo Gas Station brandishing a knife and demanding money. Puckett said Huffman injured the teller in the exchange, cutting her hand. Huffman left the building and fled the scene.


Over two weeks later, Huffman was arrested after U.S. Marshals found him staying in a motel. The arrest report states that officers found “numerous needles” inside his motel room. Huffman told officers the needles contained fentanyl.

Huffman was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center and waived his right to a trial in that jurisdiction. Puckett said Huffman will be extradited to Virginia where he will face charges of armed robbery and malicious wounding, both of which are felonies.

“Re-Fund the Police”: Law Enforcement Today launches nationwide campaign for Americans to back the blue

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers.  And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

For those looking for a quick link to get in the fight and support the cause, click here.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – You back the Blue.  You support the police.  You quietly buy an officer a cup of coffee at your local coffeehouse.  You bring homemade cookies to your local police station.  You make it a point to thank an officer when you see one out in public.  

You watch the news, aghast to see crowds of anti-police protesters and rioters committing acts of violence and massive property damage.  You pray daily for the Blue family.

And yet, you may feel quite alone.

Politicians and the mainstream news media would have you think that police support is at an all-time low.

Some of you may have found it necessary to take down your Thin Blue Line flags from your house, or to scrape off the Thin Blue Line sticker from your vehicles, due to the potential for violent retaliation by those who hate the police.

Yes, it is the loudest voices that are the ugliest.  They revile and attack those who back the Blue.  They call, “Defund the Police!” at every turn, fueled by the lie that police officers are racists who are out to kill.

But you are actually in excellent company in your support of the blue family.

According to a Gallup poll, 85% of Americans support law enforcement.  That means supporters of the Thin Blue Line are 285 million strong.

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That would be 285 million who, like you, refuse join in the calls to defund the police.

And that means you are in the company of those who have logic and reason on their side.

After all, we at Law Enforcement Today bring you stories daily of exploding crime in police-defunded areas such as Austin, Portland,  New York City, or Los Angeles.

Homicide rates since defunding are up 58% in Atlanta, up 533% in Portland, and up 37% in Philadelphia.

Shootings in post-defunded New York City are up 64%, and they are up 51% in Los Angeles and up 18% in Chicago.

In addition, you have also followed our disturbing and often tragic stories of attacks on police officers in the era of police defunding.

Felonious attacks on police are on the rise, as documented by the FBI’s Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Data Collection.  

According to LEOKA:

“The 50 law enforcement officers feloniously killed in the first 8 months of 2021 represent a 51.5 percent increase compared to the 33 officers killed during the same period in 2020.”

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370 officers gave their lives in the line of duty in 2020

Also thanks to defunding, police departments across the country now lack training, resources, and equipment.  Ironically, calls for additional training in cultural awareness, de-escalation, and use of force often have to go unheeded due to the lack of financial resources.

Another irony is that the push to do away with less-lethal options such as Tasers and tear gas will simply lead to more fatal police shootings.

These alarming stories and statistics indicate beyond a doubt that defunding the police is absolutely the wrong move for this great country.  You know this, yet you and 285 million other voices are all too often silenced by social pressures as well as physical threats of violence.  

You are even told, “Silence is violence,” when it comes to refusing to stand against law enforcement.

Your voice matters, and you need to be heard.

As Law Enforcement Today National Spokesman Kyle Reyes points out:

“Americans have stood by in disbelief as this ‘defund the police’ movement has spread across America and ravaged our communities.  

“We’ve watched our cities burn, our officers be attacked and violence skyrocket.  

“It’s time to come out of the twilight zone.  It’s time to fight back.”

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Law Enforcement Today, the nation’s largest police-owned media outlet, has developed a way to make your voice heard and oppose those who would seek to remove funding from those who protect and serve.

It’s called the “Re-Fund the Police” campaign.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make the “Re-fund the Police” campaign something that everyone- whether you can spare $1 or $1 million – can be a part of.

“People will donate to politicians all day long in hopes that person will get elected and possibly make a difference.

“We are asking for people to come forward and support those who make a difference and save lives every single day.”

Through your generous donations, Law Enforcement today will direct a media and advertising blitz to rally other Americans who, like you, are done with attacks on law enforcement, both physical and financial.  

Here’s what the funds go towards:

  1. We’ve assembled a “strike team” of researchers and reporters who will delve deeply into the devastating impact that defunding the police has on communities and families.  They’re going after not just the “leaders” in Congress who are pushing to defund the police… but they’re exposing everyone from the local politicians and city councils who are behind it.  They’re also tracing the money of exactly who is funding this “defund the police” movement.
  2.  We will focus on publicizing all the negative effects of defunding police while expressing support for our brothers and sisters in blue.  The advertising blitz will be a show of support for police officers all across America.

In addition, we will be sending a team of reporters into our communities to share positive stories of law enforcement, stories which are consistently ignored by the mainstream media.

As a thank-you for your generosity in standing strong for the blue family, we are offering access codes for Law Enforcement Today’s Wounded Officer documentary and Border Crisis documentary.  In addition, we offer additional perks such as stickers and Thin Blue Line face masks or yard signs.

Donors are also able to honor or memorialize a member of the blue family.

For those who cannot afford to contribute, we invite you to be a part of a nationwide chain of prayer warriors.  

You can join our prayer chain along with other supporters who are willing to pray for our brothers and sisters in blue.  

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Also, when you sign up for our newsletter, we will keep you informed on how we are continuing to back the Blue, and bring you the stories the mainstream media will not touch.

Now to small businesses who are sick and tired of watching our cities burn as the “defund the police” movement spreads.

For business donors, we are pleased to offer a unique opportunity to make a difference in police departments across the country.

Reyes explains:

“We wanted to make sure small businesses could get in the fight, so we are rolling out the ‘adopt a police department’ program.”

Your business donation will be used to cover stories in the community of your choice, and expose those who are attempting to defund the police.  Those stories, if you choose, will also include a thank you to your business and a link back to your business website.  

In addition, your generous business donation will go toward advertising campaigns that highlight the negative effects of demonizing and defunding the police.

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We’ve got your 6.

This will give you the opportunity to show to millions of Americans that, unlike “woke” anti-police organizations, you support and appreciate law enforcement.

Reyes points out:

“Corporate America rallied around the Black Lives Matter movement, donating hundreds of millions of dollars to a campaign that brought widespread looting and destruction in our cities.  

“This is an opportunity for businesses to show America that law and order and keeping people safe still means something to them.”

Please join your voice with Law Enforcement Today in this campaign to support all those who protect and serve us.

We invite you to visit the Re-Fund the Police website for further information.

If you have questions, or you want to start your own fundraising team, feel free to email us at [email protected]

It’s time to get in the fight.


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