On the afternoon of Saturday, March 21, 2009, two motorcycle officers and two members of the Oakland SWAT team from the Oakland Police Department were shot and tragically killed by Lovelle Mixon on February 5, 2009.
Sergeant Mark Dunakin, a motorcycle sergeant, pulled over Mixon in what is described in the independent report as a "routine traffic stop" for a minor traffic violation. 1 Motorcycle Officer John Hege came over to cover Sgt Dunakin. The officers approached Mixon on the driver's side together and Mixon shot both of them with a semi-automatic pistol. Citizens came to the aid of the officers and called 911. A city-wide response was requested and according to the report, over 115 uniformed officers from Oakland and neighboring cities responded.
After a standoff with the Oakland Police and the SWAT team at the apartment of Mixon's sister, during which he killed Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, two members of the SWAT team with an SKS rifle, Mixon was finally shot and killed by police
The names of the police officers are:
- Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin, age 40 (married with three children)
- Officer John Raymond Hege, age 41 (died on March 24, 2009)
- Sergeant Ervin Julius Romans, II, age 43 (married with three children and two step-children)
- Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai, age 35
In addition to the four murdered officers, Sergeant Pat Gonzales was seriously injured.
The City commissioned an independent report on the incident. Current Police Chief Howard Jordan was the Acting Police Chief at the time of the shooting. The handling of the incident was evaluated and seriously criticized. 1, 2 The full report is available here.
- Independent Board of Inquiry Into the Oakland Police Department March 21, 2009, Incident A Public Report of Findings and Recommendations
- Oakland Police Department March 21, 2009 Incident Frequently Asked Questions
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Fourth Oakland officer involved in Saturday's shootings dies SFGate
Fourth officer shot in parolee's rampage dies Los Angeles Times
Fallen Oakland Officers Honored Today NBC Bay Area
Oakland Police Memorial Service Draws Thousands of Police From Around the United States flickr
- 2009 shootings of Oakland police officers Wikipedia