Sunday, March 22, 2009

Four Cops Dead In Oakland

  • Law enforcement sources said that four officers are dead, along with a suspect after a traffic stop led to a massive manhunt in the streets of East Oakland.

    It all began with the the fatal shooting of two officers during a traffic stop near 73rd and Hillside Streets, around 1 p.m. Saturday. The gunman fled and police closed off the surrounding streets to traffic while dozens of Oakland police, California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff deputies conducted an intense search for the suspect.

    At about 3:10 p.m., a SWAT team confronted the suspect barricaded inside an apartment building close to location of the first shooting. Gunfire was exchanged between the two parties, fatally wounding two more officers, and killing the suspect.
No word on what precipitated this event, but an almost unheard of death toll on Oakland PD tonight. Keep them in your prayers.

UPDATE: Initial reports had all four killed, but updates have three dead, one in critical to grave condition.

UPDATE: The fourth officer died of his wounds. We were hoping we wouldn't have to switch the headline back to the original "Four," but it wasn't to be.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sgt. Dan SAKAI

PO John HEGE in extremely critical condition (life support).

The cop killer, Lovell MIXON (M/1/27) killed in exchange of gunfire with OPD SWAT.

3/22/2009 12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's devastating! Words can not even describe what they are going through.

3/22/2009 12:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Officers!

Oakland PD has my thoughts and prayers for their fallen!

Be careful this summer guys and gals the economy is affecting everyone out here!

God Bless

3/22/2009 12:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. officers. We are all saddened by this.

3/22/2009 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm at a loss for words. That's such a shame. Thoughts and Prayers to their family and the whole Oakland department for their tremendous loss. Be careful out there brothers.

3/22/2009 01:49:00 AM  
Blogger TWENTY and OUT said...

My heart goes out to the families of the OPD officers that suffered this absolutely tragic loss WHICH NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED.

Lovelle Mixon, 26, of Oakland, who was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon, police said. He had a no-bail warrant out for his arrest on charges of violating parole. He had previous convictions in Alameda County for grand theft and possession of marijuana.


How many lives have been ruined because of your decision.

3/22/2009 01:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless the officers and their families. May the winds always be at their backs in the old irish proverb.

3/22/2009 02:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the Officers and their families in this time of need! When on cop dies we all grieve!

3/22/2009 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bullshit of the event is that most news posts show a picture of the asshole offender and not the pictures of the 4 HERO'S of the Oakland P.D. and the rest of their department who brought this jagoff to justice. I can't ever say that I have seen this magnitude of loss on our department at once nor I know how the rest of the department feels now, but, as a brother in blue, I have an idea. God bless the HERO'S and their families and fuck the rotten asshole that caused this complete tragedy!

3/22/2009 03:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God rest their souls. my sympathy and condolences goes out to their immediate family and police family.

3/22/2009 05:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Oakland PD has been hit hard with this devastating loss...
Please remember ALL our brothers in Law Enforcement especially during May when we particularly honor our fallen. Join us during the Annual St. Jude March, Springfield and Washington DC Memorials. We also will honor three (3) local hero's.
Rick Francis, Nate Taylor and Joe Airhart. May They Never Walk Alone!

3/22/2009 07:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/22/2009 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prayers go out to these families, and the Oaklnd Police Department. I cannot imagine what they are feeling right now, what a horrible loss! I'm glad justice was served.

3/22/2009 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP by brothers. Prayers to all families and friends.

3/22/2009 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SAD, RIP!!!!!

3/22/2009 08:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

according to yahoo news, 20 people at the scene of the first shooting stayed by to taunt the police. none of our liberal news agencies would have reported that unless they could put a spin on it. RIP officers, its going to be a rough year for us all yet again

3/22/2009 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Brothers.

"When God Made the Police Officer"
author unknown

When the Lord was creating the police officer, he was into his sixth day
of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You're doing a lot of
fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order?

A police officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark,
scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch,
and not wrinkle his uniform."

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout,
cover a homicide scene that night, canvas the neighborhood for witnesses,
and testify in court the next day."

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black
coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands.

" The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's
the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before
he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?"

(When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.)

"Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners' safety.

And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a
bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right.'
when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250
pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five
on a
civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the police officer very slowly,
"Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord.

"It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings
in its sleep;
detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in
less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...
and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control.

He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a
child abuser,
comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law
enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the
officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced.

"I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to
that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"The tear... God you're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there."

3/22/2009 08:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest and sincerest condolences for the families of these officers.
My prayers for their brothers and sisters in Oakland. As you share in our grief over our fallen, so do we, share in your grief. May the pain pass quickly, and may your memories always be fond.


3/22/2009 09:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the fallen officers, their families and the Oakland P.D..

God Bless

3/22/2009 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any word yet if Mr. Mixon was the victim of racial profiling at the time of the stop? Oakland has a corrupt, leftist city government akin to that of Zimbabwe. God bless those guys and pray for their families.

3/22/2009 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my condolences to the families of these officers and to the Oakland PD.

If this incident doesn't prove the past due need to reform the parole system in this nation, I don't know if anything will.

SCC, please post information on where donations can be made when the info becomes available.

3/22/2009 09:18:00 AM  
Blogger CSOsomewhere said...

Prayers for these officers
Prayers that all officers stay safe.

3/22/2009 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some news outlets are stating that a group of people gathered at the scene of the initial traffic stop and shooting to taunt and mock the police working the scene of their dead/injured brethren.

That is beyond despicable, even by the standards of our own shitheads here in Shitcago.

3/22/2009 09:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AOL said that mourning officers at the scene were taunted by the "community." Sounds about right.

3/22/2009 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless their families.
Stay safe out there. Back each other up. The savages are getting worse EVERYDAY.

3/22/2009 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless those officers and their families. And God Bless you all in CPD.

3/22/2009 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is almost as horrifying is the media reports that the grieving officers were being jeered and taunted by bystanders and that on AOL there were numerous posted comments rejoicing in these murders. What is the world coming to? Why do we even bother?

3/22/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is so tragic. RIP my brothers.

3/22/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that the locals hung around the first scene(traffic stop) to taunt the officers and celebrate. Shameful , what a bunch of animals

RIP officers

3/22/2009 10:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On motorcycles, Sgt. Mark DUNAKIN and PO John HEGE made "routine" traffic stop on Lovell MIXON at 74th & MacArthur Blvd. in Eastmont section of Oakland abou 1:16 PM PDT Both shot near their cycles w/semi-auto pistol, NFD. MIXON fled on foot.

Area cordoned off to traffic for manhunt.

About 2 hrs. later, acting on an anonymous tip, OPD received info that MIXON was barricaded in a nearby apt. bldg. After no response to surrender, OPD SWAT made entry. SWAT Sgts. Erv ROMANS and Dan SAKAI were fatally shot with assault weapon, NFD. where MIXON was hiding in a closet. An unidentified 3rd SWAT officer shot and killed MIXON. He sustained a superficial GSW wound to head; treated & released at Highland Hospital where other sgts. expired, if not dead at scene.

PO John HEGE is on life support in "grave" condition.

Aside from 9/11, this incident ranks as the most police officers murdered in related incidents in modern U.S. history.

I believe 5 CPD officers were killed by a bomb in the 19th Century Haymarket riot.

CPD has had seven DOUBLE homicides of officers during my career.

May God bless these officers, their families and the OPD.

3/22/2009 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

A terrible tragedy.

I think we are in for a tough summer. Unfortunately we don't have a leader we can trust. Be careful everyone.

3/22/2009 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMg. I am sorry to hear that. My deepest sympathies for the families and friends of these heros.

3/22/2009 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea what this guy was armed with? Another case of how gun control is so worthless. Don't think it can't happen here brother and sister. Be careful, its gonna be a long summer. Prez just took away the rights of pilots to be armed by the swipe of a pen in an executive order last week. Rumor is that off duty out of state carry and retiree carry is next.

3/22/2009 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless them and their families.

Cicero PD

3/22/2009 11:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

our thoughts and prayers go out to these brave officers who gave their lives protecting the citizens of oakland.

3/22/2009 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Supposedly when it was announced that the cops were dead, some of the local residents started celebrating.

Its one thing to be critical of police, but to revel in their deaths? It just seems over the edge.

3/22/2009 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Po.martinez. said...

God bless them all.

3/22/2009 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous tru dat said...

Similar incident happened over the summer at 71st and Bishop. We were lucky the bad guy was a bad shot. He shot one officer in the shoe, one officer in the vest and almost shot a tact. lt in the head. We got lucky that night. The only person meeting his maker was the bad guy.

3/22/2009 12:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brothers your memories will "never" be forgotten!

3/22/2009 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 Sgts dead, 1 Po on life support, 1 Po treated and released.

First Sgt was doing a traffic stop with a fellow motorcylce officer, both shot. The Sgt dies on scene and the Po is on life support.

Two other Sgts were first through the door of the apartment the offender was hiding in. The offender gunned them down instantly with an assault rifle and fellow officers killed the offender. One of those officers was grazed in the head and was treated and released.

The offender used two different weapons in his deliberate attacks.

If your a praying man, keep a thought for the officer on life support and some well deserved time off for the other officer injured.

These Sgt's lead by example in both the Motorcycle unit and Swat units.

May god bless all the families involved and the OPD.

Rest in peace Sgt's.

From a Po that never left patrol and now Sgt who chooses to remain there, on the street.

3/22/2009 01:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/22/2009 01:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If J-GOOF had the common sense to ride a few tours in a beat car with us where the shit is popping, he would know what our summer is going to be like.

Yesterday, at the opening of the 007th District Station, he and the Maniac Mayor looked around like a new building was going to make everything better in Make-Believe Land. Also, in an interview at the same station, J-GOOF says we do not like to write movers, so giving that problem to security officers is something to explore.

However, J-GOOF, this is the real world, not Make-Believe Land. You would know so if you got your head out of your ass.

But, have at it, J-GOOF. We will be there to write the reports when the street animal murders or assasinates your security officers on a traffic stop. Hey J-GOOF, did you see what happened in Oakland, CA yesterday? Sadly, that is the real world and the animal killed men, real men, real heroes, that are forever Police Officers, on a traffic stop for a moving violation. This is for real J-GOOF, it is not a 300+K a year game. As a FED, you and your buddies have no idea about the real world of POLICING. Leave now and leave quickly. You are an embarassment to the men and women of the CPD. And fuck Mikva for recommending you and fuck that piece of shit on the 5th floor of city hall for bringing you here.

3/22/2009 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart is heavy and saddened today because of the news from Oakland. God Bless you all.

3/22/2009 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tragedy. How many lives have been affected by the loss of these officers? Family, friends and those who will now NEVER know the love or assistance or compassion brought to the world by these people.


3/22/2009 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

may God bless these officers, their families, and the oakland pd. my thoughts and prayers are with them.

3/22/2009 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP brother's in blue from fellow Chicago PD officer's. May god watch over your department during this time of tragedy.

3/22/2009 03:08:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

What a truly sad time for LE. I am so sorry to hear about this tragic news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Oakland PD and family and friends of all four officers.

May they all R.I.P. :(

3/22/2009 03:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's nuts.

3/22/2009 03:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed , our departed brothers. May God grant you rest, and your families peace.

May the deepest bowels of Hell be reserved for their killer.

3/22/2009 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The crowd taunted the police why they were in the middle of this??
God Bless the officers and thank you for your service to our country.

3/22/2009 03:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4th officer has died, PO John Hege.
A very sad day. Everyone please be careful and go home safe.

3/22/2009 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw on Yahoo that the 4th Oakland Officer died. Let's all remember these brothers in arms in our prayers. May God hold them in the palm of his hand. As for the bastard responsible, we can only seek comfort in knowing that there is a special place in hell for scum like him. Be careful out there. These assholes are not worth your life. God bless!

3/22/2009 04:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/22/2009 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tragedy is a good lesson for the CPD. We need to get a heavy weapon into EVERY patrol car today.

3/22/2009 05:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Officer John HEGE, Oakland P.D. expired from his injuries this morning.


Sgt. Mark DUNAKIN, OPD Traffic
P.O. John HEGE, OPD Traffic

3/22/2009 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/22/2009 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heartfelt prayers go out to the Officers and their families. Rest in Peace, my brothers.... Rest in Peace

3/22/2009 05:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So did the fourth officer die? There seems to be conflicting reports. It's sad all the way around. Thank you to all the men and women in blue who protect the citizens of chicago from savages like the one in California. How many more need to die before you all are openly appreciated?

3/22/2009 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

10:34 AM

I agree that with the obvious exception of the World Trade Center on 9/11, the related murders of four police officers is a horrific record for post World War II in the United States.

However, during the Haymarket Square Riot of May 4, 1886, a total of EIGHT members of the CPD sustained fatal wounds from either a dynamite bomb or gunfire.

Since 1955, the CPD has had SEVEN double murders of police officers:

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

4/14/69 Sgt. James SCHAFFER, B&A
(004) Det. Gerald STUBIG, B&A

11/13/69 PO John GILHOOLY, 002
(002) PO Frank RAPPAPORT, 003

7/17/70 Sgt. James SEVERIN, TF-6
(018) PO Anthony RIZZATO, TF-6

2/27/74 PO William MARSAK, TF-6
(020) PO Bruce GARRISON, TF-6

3/3/79 PO William BOSAK, 005
(005) PO Roger VAN SCHAIK, 005

2/9/82 PO William FAHEY, TF-2
(006) PO James O'BRIEN, TF-2

5/13/90 PO Raymond KILROY, 025
(025) PO Gregory HAUSER, 025

3/22/2009 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace brothers in Blue. May you be with God and may God be with your families.

3/22/2009 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Ro said...

You hear about this horror story and wonder what are we complaining about? RIP Oakland Officers.

3/22/2009 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the officers. You gave the ultimate sacrifice.

3/22/2009 07:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless You.

3/22/2009 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Latest information indicates that while PO John HEGE is brain dead, he remains on life support to prepare him for organ donations at the request of his grieving family.

3/22/2009 08:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Fine Officers
Rest In Peace

Prayers for all the families

3/22/2009 08:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to the families and friends of the heroic officers, and I'll be praying for Oakland P.D. as they mourn their devastating loss.

Please remember all Gold Star families during this time, as well. News of this kind tends to bring back painful memories of their own loss.

Never Forgotten. Always in our hearts.

3/22/2009 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

White Sox's Guillen honors Oakland PD victims

By Mark Gonzales

PHOENIX - White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wore the initials "OPD" on his cap in memory of the four Oakland, Calif., police officers who were shot and killed this weekend.

"It should be a sad day for the Bay Area," Guillen said before Sunday's game with Oakland. "I never see anything sadder than a police funeral."

A moment of silence was observed before Sunday's game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

"We only worry about police when they are killed," Guillen said. "We don't give them enough credit for making our lives easier."

3/22/2009 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God offer comfort to the families of these brave souls and look after His four Officers who now walk the golden streets of heaven.

Heart-felt condolences to the families. CPD mourns your tragic loss.

3/22/2009 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How awful this weekend has been and then this.

I truly, am beside myself in greif for those guys, their families and the department. That is the worst and this goes to show how much we are at risk out there. No one gives a shit about killing us.

And in return, our mayor pisses on us because, we let him know that he made a bad choice in who is running the department. He slaps and spits at our feet every turn.

And the only kind word he has to say about us, is when one of us has died in the line of duty.
Because he has to, not because he wants to.


3/22/2009 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/22/2009 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This level of violence and lack of respect for life continues to grow and in this society, becomes more and more acceptable. Prepare, train, and do whatever it takes to survive.

Society will attempt to judge you your split second decisions but when in doubt, if it's between me and you going home, F YOU! I'll deal with the aftermath when necessary. God guard their souls, and damn that savage to hell.

R.I.P. brothers stay safe,
lock and load gentlemen.

3/22/2009 11:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godbless you all, you are all Heros!
Rest in peace and godbless your families.

3/23/2009 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


3/23/2009 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the family's of the fallen, My God easy your pain and allow you to take comfort in the knowledge that your loved ones are being welcomed into heaven. May GOD BLESS YOU in the very sad and tragic time...

3/23/2009 02:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Brothers...

3/23/2009 02:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unbelievable .... God Bless you Oakland P.D.

3/23/2009 10:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Oakland PD has a police association website with a tribute and donation information:

Trust Fund Information for the fallen Officers

OPOA Building

Trust funds established thus far are as follows:

Persons wishing to express contributions for the trust funds of fallen officers may do so by two methods:

1. Individual Checks made out to families and mailed to:
c/o OPOA
Attn: Rennee Hassna
555 5th Street
Oakland Ca, 94607

Make checks out to the following:
“Dunakin Children’s Family Trust”
“Romans Children’s Family Trust”
“Sakai Family Trust”

2. Wire transfers directly to Merrill Lynch Accounts…
“Dunakin Children’s Family Trust”
a/c #204-04065
“Romans Children’s Family Trust”
a/c #204-04066
“Sakai Family Trust”
a/c #204-04064

Jeff Thomason
Public Information Officer
Oakland PD

For those interested, let's see if we can draw the ranks a little tighter nationwide, we are after all, all that we have.


3/23/2009 03:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rest in peace brothers. May God bless their families.

3/23/2009 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tragedy is a good lesson for the CPD. We need to get a heavy weapon into EVERY patrol car today.
The two motorcycle cops were killed with a handgun at close range, and the SWAT cops with a rifle. The SWAT cops had the full regalia including military grade body armor and automatic weapons, and had the advantage of knowing they were up against a determined and desperate adversary.

The scum just turned out to be a better, or luckier, shot.

In any case, where are you going to secure a carbine on a motorcycle?

Not that the basic idea of arming CPD street cops with heavier weapons is a bad idea, but don't learn the wrong lessons. None of the deaths would have been prevented by arming street cops with carbines.

3/25/2009 02:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deceased cop killer Lovelle Mixon has been linked to at least one rape in Oakland through his DNA.

3/29/2009 11:50:00 PM  

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