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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InTheBestInterestOfNewarkCA February 08, 2012 at 08:22 AM
more details both on the victim and the perp. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/02/08/BARU1N4359.DTL Given the swift manner in which law enforcement apprehended this individual, either the victim knew who he was or the surveillance in the vicinity paid off. either way, Well done NPD getting another creep off our streets.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Or the new Richmond.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:40 AM
I agree, Christen. I think the city government needs a date with reality. While the town is circling the drain, the city planners want high density low income housing - about 8,000 inhabitants worth. People make excuses for them, talk about "concern" for the poor, etc. while ignoring the needs of those of us who are trying to get by and not lose the value of our homes. When we leave, our house will probably become a by the room rental because no family would want to live here, and no one but a slumlord would probably purchase it and then for a very low price. I have lived all over the American West, and the poverty pit towns on the reservation were better run than this. While the city falls apart, our elected leaders are pushing for a new library and a fancy new city hall instead of spending the money where it is needed, cleaning up Dodge. People give me entire racks of garbage because allegedly all I do is complain which supposedly makes me "lose credibility." Well, maybe it is because I have experienced other places and know that things can be better; Newark had incredible potential which our city leadership flushed down the toilet with such brilliant ideas as accepting the low income housing offsets required for affluent developments in other communities.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:46 AM
No, Mona, it doesn't. We have a house on our street that at night you can watch the rats swarm over the fence from the junk piles in the backyard. The city allegedly can't do squat. They couldn't do squat about the drug house down the street, and we have what appears to be a place that sells lots of diapers out the garage door that they allegedly know about - or so they have told us for at least seven years. And it is still there although things have tamed down a bit. I get very nervous when one September the garage was full of bicycles they sold; and every few months they seem to be selling something else. I have always wondered if those were the bicycles stolen from a charity that year. It was so blatant that the woman who has been one of my best friends for about 38 years, who had come down from Seattle to visit us, finally asked me if I was aware that there appeared to be a fence living in that house. She had only seen stuff like that on TV before coming here. Since then she has happily visited us at our Nevada place although she declines every chance to visit us here.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:51 AM
They do make it difficult. The city only approves the sort of business that the Council would like to see, mainly sales tax generating retail. They have been attempting to shutdown the auto businesses and small repair shops by the freeway for years so they can replace them with high density and moderate density housing. They have worked very hard at driving out manufacturing as well and replacing those living wage jobs with low wage retail and service positions. Ana Apodaca even proclaimed that one of her goals was to provide a service job for every worker in Newark because she had been told by a state agency that Newark's future lay in service jobs. The poor dear didn't understand that these predictions are based on things like the education level of local residents and the quality of schools - if you go to school in surrounding towns, well, the future is in technical, health care, or manufacturing because you graduate and can read, write, and calculate. If you go to school in Newark, your future is cleaning hotel rooms or waiting tables.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Disability I understand. Why haven't these single mothers gone to court to demand child support? The county will even help them do that. We have our fair share of Section 8; and the problem with the notion that we shouldn't look hard at Section 8 housing residents is that way too many of them are criminals. The reality is that the sons of single mothers are far more likely to commit serious crimes than the children in two parent or in single father houses. Criminals steal cars, firearms, etc. Young men raised without a responsible male role model are far more likely to become criminals than those who aren't. No amount of rhetoric changes that fact. Landlords need more supervision - and they also need more power to evict or refuse trashy tenants.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I note that day laborers do not hang around Lowe's, Dale, or OSH. Perhaps the reason that day laborers hang out at Home Depot is that the management there could care less about the negative effects of their business on the community?
Christen February 08, 2012 at 09:58 AM
Who drives all the way from Piedmont to Newark, shoots someone at 5:50 AM, drives away and has zero criminal history. It sounds really personal...and completely targeted as opposed to random.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Umm... hiring people off the street, some of whom show obvious signs of intoxication, does not strike me as the way to get quality work done. In fact, it strikes me as being potentially dangerous since the anonymity in such a contact would provide great cover for a criminal to scope out a place for a future rape, robbery, or home invasion.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 10:02 AM
HD sells a lot of second and lower grade materials. This is why one of the first things you learn in a design management class is to be very leery of contractors who buy a lot of things at the Home Depot. Southern Lumber and the other jobbers who sell to contractors have good prices for far better materials. We use Golden State a lot for our repair and remodeling needs.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 10:05 AM
I have to agree with you, Tim. There are other costs associated with hiring unlicensed contractors and anonymous workers - you have no legal recourse if they mess up the job. One of our neighbors decided to go "cheap" on a fence and hire a guy who was planning on someday getting his contracting license. Money out, and the fence looks horrible. He asked our contractor to bid on a job - but it wasn't possible because he insisted he didn't want any building permits pulled - so no reputable contractor will touch him.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Better idea - make that part of the Bay Trail and turn it into a long park area with public restrooms near the intersections with streets, and picnic facilities and play equipment. Hold a Farmer's Market in there every weekend. Make it a fun family place and the bad guys tend to find a more hidden hole to hide in.
Samson Gich February 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Rich, attached in this link is a picture of the alleged shooter, Dennis Bagwell. At 5 in the morning, it isn't always possible to see the race of a person with a hood. Don't always read too much into conspiracies where there are none. The races of the the suspects in strings of muggings down near Newpark Mall environs have all been prominently disclosed. http://www.opticalschools.com/about.htm
Richard Atkis February 08, 2012 at 04:55 PM
@Samson, I don't believe that I ever speculated on Mr. Bagwell's race, and I never stated that there was a conspiracy afoot. Rather, during the past two decades, (in the wake of Rodney King) many news outlets have adopted a policy of withholding a suspect's race, unless it is felt that the suspect's race is necessary to the story. However, this policy is not uniformly adhered to, and there appears to be a great deal of hypocrisy on this issue. Example: A woman is assaulted by a group of three to four men, while standing on the platform at the Coliseum Bart Stations. Although the entire incident was caught by security cameras, and there where multiple eyewitnesses, the suspects are only described as three to four young men. Example: During the Duke Lacrosses incident, it was repeatedly emphasized by the media that the suspects came from well-to-do white families, while the alleged victim was a low-income African-American woman. How was the race of the suspects relevant in this case, and was the media simply trying to drum up sensational attention to attract eyeballs? Sure they were. Example: When Oscar Grant was fatally shot and killed by Bart Police, the news medial beat us over the head with the fact that Oscar Grant was African-American, while the officer who shot him white. However, the media appears to have forgotten all about race in a similar shooting regarding a victim by the name of Charles Hill, who was also shot by Bart Police, Mr. HIll was white.
Nick February 08, 2012 at 05:38 PM
With the shooter still out there, it might have been tactical in finding the perp. Who knows, way too much suggests it was a personal issue, could have been a hit man, family doesn't want the vic's medical condition released.....lots of variables for the agencies to unravel.
Mona Taplin February 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Nadja, you know that legally the police can't enter someone's gated back yard without permission or a warrant issued by the court no matter what town across this country you live in. The trash has to be visible from the street. I realise that sometimes that law works against us, but I would hate to live in a world where the police can barge onto your property anytime they want to. Even the landlord can't go into a rental property without the permission of the people living there. We had a junk problem on our street for years, and YES the police and Vector Control and Health department did respond and did try to solve the problem. They could and did force a cleanup of the front yard, over and over again. At one point, cleaning up meant many pieces of junk got piled into an old car parked in the garage.No one can force you to open your garage door to prove that you are using it for it's original use. How many people do you know who park their cars in the garage? Ordinance requires one covered space (garage or car port) and one open space (driveway) for cars.
Mona Taplin February 08, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Nadja, why don't you print a link to that statement Ana supposedly made about a SERVICE job for everyone in Newark? That's ridiculous! I know many people who grew up in Newark who went on to lucrative careers in medicine, research, teaching, music and much more. By the way, when I was younger I made my living in retail business Where I was salesperson and bookeeper (perpetual sales and inventory) and window dresser and waiting tables in New York state where I was raised. I did not graduate from High School until I moved to Newark and enrolled in adult education. Before that I sucessfully tutored many children with learning disabilities (volunteer). and then went on to work in a special Ed class here in Newark for severalyears. Nadja, many people with educations frown down on the poor, many of whom have handicaps that prevent them from holding down jobs. Those of you who do that miss out on knowing some mighty fine, life long friends. My best friend and I have been through a lot together, from third grade on into these senior years. Being a waitress or cleaning person in motels is NOT something to be ashamed of. Feeling you are too big and important to take on those jobs IS something to be ashamed of.
CaSunset February 08, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Patch needs a "Like" button Tim! Lol
Daniel February 08, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Nika - There was an ATF - FBI - NPD raid on a house on Arbeau Drive Tuesday morning also. Can you give us some details?
Nika Megino (Editor) February 08, 2012 at 08:36 PM
What time?
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Mona, would you read what I write instead of reacting defensively? There is nothing wrong with doing service work - except the rotten pay scale. Our schools here do not prepare kids for trade school or college as a rule. I have never thought that college made anyone brighter or in anyway better than anyone else - and in fact I think more people should consider trade school instead of that meaningless degree in sociology or ethnic studies which leaves on in debt and still without a useful job skill. My brother went to trade school - he is a registered nurse. One of my cousins became a respiratory therapist. Two of my cousins are machinists; one of them went to college as well and has been voted the most outstanding high school vocational education teacher in Washington state on more than one occasion for his outstanding teaching in auto repair and auto body. One of my two nephews went to a community college and studied carpentry and construction management in Michigan. One rose through the ranks at a retail chain and became a major manager before his untimely death. The point is that to make a living wage one needs a marketable skill. I cleaned toilets, waited tables, and picked crops to pay for my education. I also know that those jobs don't pay much and that people who do them have a hard life because of the impact of poverty. And call up Ana and ask her about her view on this - she sure had a lot to say at the Council meetings about it.
Nadja Adolf February 08, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I see an opportunity for an entrepeneur in Newark. A police scanner and a hotdog/coffee/cold drink cart. Head for the latest "incident" and sell goodies to the stranded commuters and the spectators. Facetiousness intended - but it might prove profitable. Newark, the new Richmond.
Nika Megino (Editor) February 08, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I'm working on finding out more about this. Thanks for the tip!
Linda Lawrence February 08, 2012 at 09:43 PM
My Sister said Something Also went down Yesterday in Fremont during the middle of the day. Undercover Sherrif, Gang task force & FPD, etc somewhere @Tananger Com, Off Enea Com & Fremont Blvd. Haven't been able to find what happened there.
James February 08, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Linda, I was following the Tanager and Gadwall Incident in Fremont yesterday thinking it was perhaps related to the Shooting. Still unknown on my end, but there was a few Agencies involved in that one and it carried on for probably an hour. Then I didn't hear anything more about it.
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 (Editor) 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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