SWAT training in Union City, not a real crime scene

For the second time in recent months, I’ve been tripped up by police scanner traffic that led me to believe there was an active SWAT incident going on in the Tri-City area.

In May I heard SWAT action on the Fremont police radio channels, and it turned out to be nothing more than a training exercise at a defunct car dealership. And today I heard similar static on the Union City radio channels. One big difference though: I didn’t race out there today with my notebook and press pass in hand. Instead I was able to confirm by telephone that stuff I was hearing was indeed a training exercise.

I suppose it’s a dead give away when you hear an officer calmly say “shots fired,” instead of screaming it as would be the case if the incident were real.

For you scanner junkies, be aware that this training will also be taking place tomorrow.


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  1. Fremont’s latest gang problems seem like they are being hushed up. Last Sunday around 2:00 Am at the West Pickering Place apartments there was a gang type shooting. Very little was reported in the papers even though a young man was shot six times. He somehow survived the shooting and somehow was able to return fire with his own(most likely nonregestered)handgun. After the shooting stopped he was wisked away to a hospital in Castro Valley and the word is he used an alias to get admitted there. The Argus reported that two blackmen were the perpetrators. There are also reports that another apartment in the same area was ramsacked by gang members the week before. A source at Fremonts adult school said that he overheard two youths taking about the shooting incident. They talked about rival gangs vying for the right to sell drugs in that area. This problem is getting bigger by the day and Fremont’s drug task force appears to be losing the battle. The young man that was shot six times may be envolved more deeply than the investigating officers were led to believe. We as citizens must wake up and band together to get rid of this kind of B.S. before it is too late. We must also hold our local drug task force accountable when they aren’t fixing the problem.

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