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    3 Oakland cops killed, 1 critically injured; parolee slain in gunbattles

    By Jessie Mangaliman and Mary Anne Ostrom
    Posted: 03/22/2009 07:37:19 AM PDT
    Three Oakland police officers were shot dead and one was gravely wounded Saturday in two separate shootings that began with a traffic stop of a parolee.
    The gunman, Lovell Mixon, 27, of Oakland was fatally shot dead after police tracked him down to a nearby apartment.
    "There's no such thing as a low-risk traffic stop," said a veteran firearms training instructor, one of dozens of law enforcement officers who gathered Saturday afternoon at Highland Hospital in Oakland. "There's only high-risk and/or the unknown."
    The killings were among the deadliest shootings of police officers in California history. They deeply affected Oakland police officers, California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff
    deputies. Many of them were also at Highland, hugging one another and wiping away tears of grief and shock.
    "Everyone is pouring out their hearts," said Acting Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan during a news conference late Saturday.
    "We feel a tremendous sense of loss," said Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums.
    After the first shooting of two police officers on motorcycles on MacArthur Boulevard, the gunman fled from the scene. Mixon was wanted on a no-bail arrest warrant for violating parole on a previous assault with a deadly weapon conviction, police said.
    A tip led police about two hours later to an apartment one-tenth of a mile away in the 2700 block of 74th Avenue, blocks from a police substation in East Oakland. Heavily
    armed SWAT team members descended on the apartment building to take the suspect into custody.
    Business workers and media responding to reports of the shootout on 74th Avenue described a "Wild West" scene, where cops yelled at pedestrians to get down and take cover behind cars.
    Two more police officers were shot dead while trying to take the suspect into custody. Police said the two officers were shot inside the apartment with an assault weapon. A second weapon, which police did not
    identify, was used to shoot the motorcycle cops.
    Traffic officers pulled over the parolee's 1995 Buick at 1:08 p.m. near the Eastmont Town Center. Eight minutes later, a caller reported two officers down in the 7400 block of MacArthur Boulevard.
    After hearing gunshots, a barbershop worker nearby said he walked down the block to find the two officers on the ground near each other. He said he attempted CPR until police arrived.
    "I went over to one officer and saw he was bleeding from his helmet pretty bad," said the worker, who asked not to be identified. "The other officer was laying motionless."
    The officer lying near a car appeared to have two gunshots to his head. One bullet, the worker said, appeared lodged in the jaw, another in the neck.
    Acting Chief Jordan identified the slain officers as: Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, of Tracy, who was killed during the traffic stop; and Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, of Danville, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, both killed at the apartment where the gunman was holed up. Dunakin was with the department since 1991, Romans since 1996 and Sakai since 2000.
    A fourth officer, John Hege, 41, of Concord, with the department since 1999, was in grave condition this morning at Highland.
    A fifth officer, whom police did not identify, was grazed by a bullet. He was treated and released from Highland.
    The incident involving the gunman "is bad because he's a state ward, he's a state parolee, they let him out," said California Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former Oakland mayor. "There are hundreds of shooters walking around the East Bay. Our parole system isn't working.''
    Howard said Oakland police investigators believe no suspect other than Mixon was involved in the shootings. He was on parole for a conviction on assault with a deadly weapon.
    Tensions have been high between police and many Oakland residents since the shooting death Jan. 1 of Oscar Grant, 22, by a BART police officer at an Oakland transit station. After Grant's death, violent protests erupted in Oakland streets.
    By Saturday night, a dozen pastors were calling for calm in the city.
    At the lobby of the police administration building, four bunches of white roses were placed at the bottom of a memorial that lists the names of 47 Oakland police officers who have been killed in the line of duty since 1867. The last on the list was an Oakland police officer killed in January 1999.

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    I could not get HK's Thread to open, It created some sort of an error. I believe this is what you were trying to say. This is truely sad. Our prayers are with the families...
    Semper Fi

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    Don't we have laws on the books to prevent felons from having guns? Maybe we should check with Pelosi, enforcing the gun laws may be un-american. I know, lets punish law abiding citizens, we will ban the gun.
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    prayers are with the families of the fallen officers.

    as for the ******* that shot them.. hope you.died a slow painful death..

    and as far as gun control goes...I'm sure if he was aware of the laws forbidding him to have a gun all this would have never happened....yeah right!!

    +1 lets punish the law abiding citizens and this will surely never happen again..

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    always bad to hear about officers dying on the job trying to uphold the law. the idiot criminal got what he deserved for sure.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    Thanks ricbak. I noticed after trying to post it there was a malfunction and could not get it corrected. As noted by Mr. Vegas this happened in "Gun Free" CA. So much for anti gun laws making it safer.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Caution.. Graphic Video from Oakland Ca.

    HK.... Your Welcome Sir.

    The attached You Tube video is pretty graphic...

    YouTube - Crime Scene - Thug Gangster Murders Oakland Police Officers
    Semper Fi

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    RIP brothers.

    May god love you as a guardian of men.
    -Austin

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    This is so sad. The fallen officers and their families are in my prayers. I guess this sort of incident shows that criminals will always find ways to have weapons. Does anyone know what type of weapon he used? I am only curious. I don't think this nation needs "more" laws on firearms, when the ones they currently have don't really work. Criminals don't obey the law, never have, and never will. Thatís what makes them criminals. This proves just that. Very sad.
    "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"

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    This both saddens and angers me!! The comment by the suspects cousin is very typical with these types of incidents Anyway, two guns involved... see article.

    Oakland, Calif. officer declared brain dead, remains on life support

    Oakland, Calif. officer declared brain dead, remains on life support
    By Terry Collins and Lisa Leff
    Associated Press

    OAKLAND, Calif. ó A police officer shot during a traffic stop has been pronounced brain dead but remained on life support, police said Sunday, retracting an earlier statement that he had died.


    Flowers are placed on a car belonging to one of the slain Oakland Police officers outside Oakland police's Eastmont Station. A man wanted for violating his parole killed three veteran police officers in two shootings, a fourth officer has been declared brain dead and remains on life support while a final decision is made about donating his organs. (AP Photo)

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    Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason announced the death of 41-year-old Officer John Hege earlier Sunday but later said that Hege was being kept alive while a final decision was made about donating his organs.

    Police said a 26-year-old parolee wanted on a parole violation opened fire on Hege and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon, killing Dunakin, police said.

    Lovelle Mixon, the suspect, was slain later Saturday in a gunfight with police that left two more officers dead. Thomason identified those officers as 43-year-old Sgt. Ervin Romans and 35-year-old Sgt. Daniel Sakai.

    Oakland police said never in the department's history had so many officers been killed in the line of duty in a single day.

    The violence began when Hege and Dunakin, both on motorcycles, stopped a 1995 Buick sedan in east Oakland, Thomason said. The driver opened fire, killing Dunakin and gravely wounding Hege.

    The gunman then fled on foot, police said, leading to an intense manhunt by dozens of Oakland police, California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff deputies. Streets were roped off and an entire area of east Oakland closed to traffic.

    Around 3:30 p.m. officers got an anonymous tip that the gunman was inside a nearby apartment building. A SWAT team entered the building when the gunman opened fire, police said. Romans and Sakai were killed and a third officer was grazed by a bullet, police said.

    Officers returned fire, killing Mixon, Acting Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said.

    "It's in these moments that words are extraordinarily inadequate," said Mayor Ron Dellums at a somber news conference announcing the slayings.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered flags at the state capitol flown at half-staff Sunday in honor of the slain officers. He arrived in Oakland on Sunday afternoon to meet with Dellums and members of the police department.

    "All four officers dedicated their lives to public safety and selflessly worked to protect the people of Oakland," he said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those lost, the Oakland Police Department and law enforcement officers throughout California during this difficult time."

    Police said Mixon used two different weapons: a gun at the first scene and an assault rifle at the apartment building where he was hiding.

    "(Mixon) was on parole, and he had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that parole. And he was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon," said Oakland police Deputy Chief Jeffery Israel.

    Police said they did not know why the officers initially stopped the suspect, but said it apparently was a routine traffic stop. Thomason said Mixon had an extensive criminal history and was wanted on a no-bail warrant.

    Reached by telephone late Saturday, Dr. John S. Hege said his son loved being a policeman and recently became a motorcycle traffic patrol officer. "He liked excitement," he said.

    Hege said the slain shooting suspect "was evidently terribly desperate. It is a sad story."

    LaTasha Mixon, 28, of Sacramento said Sunday that her cousin was "not a monster." She said her family's prayers were with the slain officers' relatives.

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    "We're devastated. Everybody took a major loss. We're crushed," she said.

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