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A day after a brazen robbery turned into a deadly shootout involving a former Oakland police captain, residents and officials tried to make sense Friday of what happened and what it means for a city experiencing a wave of violent crime and debating the role of law enforcement.

Police continued their manhunt for two suspects while worrying over one of their own: retired police Capt. Ersie Joyner, who was still in the hospital in critical condition after he was shot by at least one of the robbers. Experts, meanwhile, offered differing views on Joyner’s decision to shoot at the assailants.

Local activists on Friday mourned the young man who Joyner fatally shot during the incident, another statistic in a city that has faltered badly this year in its long-standing effort to reduce crime and stem bloodshed.

The incident feeds into the debate over how to prevent and address violent crime and the trauma that comes with it, and funding of the police force — key issues that the city is grappling with and will likely dominate the upcoming mayor’s race.

“Every shooting, every death in this city is a tragedy,” said outgoing Mayor Libby Schaaf. “We take each one incredibly seriously and recognize the absolute harm and trauma that it has on our entire community.”

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