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Four officers shot in Oakland

Discussion in 'Line of Duty Death News' started by Hawk19, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. Duff112

    Duff112 MassCops Member


    This shooting was like a kick in the gut...

    I am absolutely sick over this. I can't imagine what it's like at OPD rollcall right now. We are thinking of you Oakland's finest.
  2. GD

    GD MassCops Member

    Originally Posted by kwflatbed [​IMG]
    A cousin of Mixon said Sunday that he was "not a monster."
    I can see the liberal media now!! Poor father of 12 with mutiple psychiatric conditions.
    Agreed mikemac64, I think the entire law enforcement family differs on that one!!!!
  3. TRPDiesel

    TRPDiesel MassCops Member

    Rest in Peace
  4. RodneyFarva

    RodneyFarva Get off my lawn!

    Rest in Peace
  5. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    I made the mistake of reading the 'comments' section...God I fucking hate people!
  6. 1234hey

    1234hey MassCops Member

  7. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    I hadn't caught the news prior to this, I can't get over that all four are now gone. Firefighters have had to face multiple losses at one scene more often than have we, I tend to doubt it gets any easier with each one. When one is lost, it's a tragedy. When more than one is lost, it's a catastrophy.

  8. EJI

    EJI New Member

  9. Delta784

    Delta784 Guest

    So far, the only comments I've seen from the suspect's family have included prayers for the families of the fallen officers, and none of the "blame the police" game, which is refreshing.
  10. OCKS

    OCKS Guest

    Delta in this case I think they would have no choise. Relatives had said that he was depressed cause as a convicted felon he can't get a job. bla bla bla. If you guys want to get sick and blow a gasket read the comment/blog sections in the Oakland Tribute.
  11. topcop14

    topcop14 Subscribing Member

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Officers and their families.

  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Tracing the bloody chain of events that lead to four officers' deaths

    Oakland police officers stand guard at an apartment building where a deadly shooting took place Saturday in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, March 22, 2009. A man wanted for violating his parole killed four veteran police officers in two shootings Saturday, the first after a routine traffic stop and the second after a massive manhunt ended in gunfire at the apartment, authorities said. (AP Photo)

    By Maria L. La Ganga and Peter H. King
    Los Angeles Times

    OAKLAND, Calif. — It was early Saturday afternoon, and Curtis Mixon was talking with his 26-year-old nephew. Lovelle Shawn Mixon had called on a cellphone from his newly purchased 1995 Buick as he drove through east Oakland.
    "Vel said the police was pulling him over," the 38-year-old medical records clerk recalled Sunday. "He said, 'I just pulled over.' "
    The uncle listened as his nephew -- stopped on MacArthur Boulevard less than two blocks from a police station and around the corner from his sister's apartment -- spoke with a motorcycle officer and searched for his driver's license and registration.
    Mixon told his uncle he would have to call him back.
    He never did.
    What followed was an almost inexplicable chain of events that left Mixon and four Oakland police officers dead and sent this city into an all-too-familiar ritual of municipal grief and self-examination.
    According to authorities and witnesses, Mixon opened fire as two motorcycle officers stood behind his car, apparently checking his papers. He had been released from prison in November and was wanted for an alleged parole violation.
    Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, died despite a citizen's efforts to revive him.
    Officer John Hege, 41, was taken to Highland Hospital, where he was declared brain-dead Sunday.
    While police swarmed the neighborhood, Mixon escaped around the corner to 74th Avenue in a residential neighborhood of bungalows, many with pit bulls fenced in the front yard. He shook on the locked back door of one house, startling the young girl inside, and then ducked into the ground floor of his sister Enjoli Mixon's apartment building.
    Inside the apartment, another sister, 16-year-old Reynete Mixon, was unaware that her brother had returned. In an interview, she said she was in the bathroom when a SWAT team kicked down the door after a two-hour manhunt.
    "I was yelling at them that I was in the house," Reynete said Sunday afternoon in front of her grandmother's modest Oakland home not far from where the shootings occurred. "They didn't really try to figure out who I was or if there was someone inside the house."
    Across the hall, neighbor Mya Moore heard a crash on a door and a young girl shout, "Stop, wait!" Then came an explosion and rapid bursts of gunfire.
    Peeking through her front window, the 27-year-old Oakland native saw one police officer, his head split open by gunfire, being dragged by officers through the building's main door to the sidewalk. Another was carried out to a police SUV and rushed away.
    Ervin Romans, 43, and Daniel Sakai, 35, both sergeants and SWAT team members, did not survive, and as the gunfire subsided Moore could hear the agonized cries of officers as they absorbed the toll of a brief but furious gun battle: "I heard one of them saying, 'It's not looking good. It's not looking good.' "
    Moore could hear other officers shouting commands to Mixon's sister. She said there had been "a lot" of shooting "on both sides, from him and from them." Oakland Police Department spokesman Jeff Thomason said Mixon was armed with an assault weapon in the apartment shootout. He would not say what kind of weapon was used in the earlier shooting.

    City left reeling

    On Sunday, news crews, neighbors and passersby roamed around the shooting sites, trying to make sense of the carnage. Votive candles and flowers were placed about the neighborhood, on the sidewalk where the motorcycle sergeant died, in front of the apartment and at the Eastmont substation two blocks away.
    Bouquets also were piled up outside police headquarters downtown. In the lobby, officers set up an easel with a poster of Sgts. Dunakin, Sakai and Romans. A freshly printed black T-shirt emblazoned with their pictures arrayed on a background of clouds hung from the easel. Across the top was printed "Rest in Peace, March 21, 2009."
    Thomason would not disclose any details about the ongoing investigation of the shootings, but he said that funds are being set up to help the families of the dead officers. He choked up during a Sunday news conference when he was asked to describe Hege. Then he turned and walked to the elevator.
    At midday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger drove up to the Oakland Police Officers Assn. building to meet privately with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, assorted police officers and state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, a former Oakland mayor. He stayed about 10 minutes, then left without saying a word to reporters.
    Afterward, Dellums stated that the city "is reeling today from the senseless shootings of four Oakland police officers yesterday afternoon who were killed in the line of duty protecting our community's right to live in safety and in peace."

    A dangerous job

    John R. Hege's father, John S. Hege, said in a telephone interview later Sunday that his son, a former Eagle Scout and high school physical education teacher, loved being a police officer.
    "He wanted to be an Oakland policeman. I think that's what he most wanted to do," Hege said.
    Mixon, according to authorities, had a long criminal history. In addition to a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, he had earlier convictions for marijuana possession, auto theft and a string of violations committed as a juvenile, Thomason said.
    He had served nine months in prison for identity theft, forgery and grand theft before being released in November. According to state prison officials, Mixon missed a mandatory meeting with his agent last month and was deemed a "parolee at large." A warrant was issued for his arrest.
    It is not unusual for parole officers to lose contact with their charges. At least 164, or 11%, of parolees assigned to Oakland's three parole divisions were considered at large last week, according to a report by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
    "When they do abscond, the department lacks the resources to track them down, and it's very hard to find people in a vast urban environment," said Ryken Grattet, a UC Davis professor who has written extensively about California's parole system.
    "What just happened in Oakland is really an extraordinary event," Grattet said. "Even for this fairly hardened criminal population, this type of violence is really extraordinary."

    Family is 'shocked'

    Mary Mixon, 65, Lovelle and Reynete's grandmother, said Saturday's violence had left the family "shocked, shocked, shocked." Lovelle had lived with her since December, she said, and had been depressed recently because of a dispute with his parole officer.
    "Our condolences go to the families" of the dead officers, she said as she headed to the Alameda County morgue, where her grandson's body lay. "I know what they must be going through. No words can explain."
    The violence Saturday was among the worst of its kind since 1970, when four California Highway Patrol officers were killed in a shootout in Newhall.
    In the neighborhood where the shootings occurred, there were mixed responses. Some said that such violence seemed out of character with that particular slice of east Oakland. Others said it was all too much part of the terrain.
    "I do not walk in fear," said pastor Jeremiah Captain, standing on the corner of 74th and MacArthur. The wind had wrapped a strand of police tape around his right ankle. "I have the Lord, and Oakland is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world."
    The last death of an on-duty Oakland police officer was in 2004 when William Seuis, 39, was killed in a hit-and-run crash on motorcycle patrol. Another officer, William Wilkins, 29, was mistakenly shot by two rookie officers in 2001 while he was working undercover.
    Police agencies in Oakland have faced controversy in recent months. Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker announced his resignation in late January as the City Council -- unhappy with rising crime and negative publicity -- intended to call for a vote of no confidence.
    And earlier this year, racially charged riots erupted in Oakland because of a shooting by another police agency. An on-duty transit police officer was seen on video shooting an unarmed man in the back at a BART station. Officer Johannes Mehserle, who is white, was charged with murder in the death of Oscar J. Grant III, who was black.

    [​IMG]Wire Service
  13. BrickCop

    BrickCop Subscribing Member

    It is refreshing but let's not forget the despicable reports that 20 people were taunting police at the scene. As for the 'blame everything on the police' mob their silence is out of cowardice not respect. This isn't an opportune platform for them to point fingers but it surely would've happened if those two OPD cycle officers were able to drop the suspect before he fired.

    God bless their loved ones.
  14. Pats2009

    Pats2009 New Member

    And to add to that, I'm waiting for the "wonderful" jessie jackson to jump out if that shadows and blame this on the OPD.......that POS would do something like that!:fire:
  15. SgtAndySipowicz

    SgtAndySipowicz Supporting Member

    I hope the dirtbag FELON is rotting away in hell. Scumbag......

    I make the same mistake frequently (online newspapers), and then I go on a tirade of my own against the shitbag posters. The truth is that the majority of the public hates Cops, whether it's the uncle who got a speeding ticket (of course, he'll tell you that damn Cop lied etc blah blah) or the FELON who takes out 4 Cops. Every once in a while it is a breath of fresh air when you come across someone who likes and respects a Cop. Unfortunately, they are usually 5 years old or 75 years old. Stay safe......

    PS: I should be the last one saying this, because I get worked up, but is it really worth it healthwise? Just know who your friends are and that is really the only thing that matters (of course family is #1)........
  16. StbbrnMedic

    StbbrnMedic fraggle tamer

    Oh God. My heart hurts for the wives, children, and brothers to these men. How horrific that these men, all died so young. So damn tragic.

    Please guys, and gals, be safe out there.
  17. pahapoika

    pahapoika Subscribing Member

    this world has gone insane

  18. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    And say what you want about them, they aren't stupid. To make a fuss against the police in this situation would truly be stupid.
  19. rascal

    rascal New Member

    This is an unbelievable tragedy, not only for Oakland, but for all LE. We are in a profession where most of the community we serve does not appeciate us until we are needed. RIP brothers and God bless your families and the Oakland PD.

    MARINECOP MassCops Member

  21. boxer70

    boxer70 New Member

    My heart and prayers go out to these officer's and their families
  22. Sarge31

    Sarge31 MassCops Member

  23. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Honoring the warriors of Oakland PD

    [​IMG]SWAT Operator
    with Sgt. Glenn

    Police officers from left: Sgt. Mark Dunakin, Officer John Hege, Sgt. Daniel Sakai and Sgt. Ervin Romans. A man wanted for violating his parole killed four officers in two shootings. (AP Photo)

    Today we honor four of the Oakland Police Departments finest Warriors. It goes without saying that these brave men are not just Oakland’s finest but are representative of Law Enforcement across the United States. These Warriors conducted themselves as professional policemen even in the face of mounting resistance from groups of anti-police radicals that have tormented the Oakland Police in the recent past. These Warriors hit the streets every day willing to keep the citizens of their city safe from criminal enterprise. They did this at the expense of their own lives.
    The San Francisco Chronicle reported that late afternoon Saturday, a group of about 50 people lined 73rd Avenue, a block from where Dunakin and Hege were shot. Some shouted obscenities at police. Others said the officers' deaths were retribution for the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant, the unarmed Hayward man killed by a BART Police Officer on an Oakland train platform New Year's Day. Shouts of, "They had it coming!" were heard in the crowd.
    I would like the Officers of the Oakland Police department to know that during this time of grief and uncertainty that we are all OPD!
    We see short glimpse's of the story on the network news and big city newspapers but certainly not the same amount of coverage that it deserves. Don’t let the lack of support in the media and insults hurled by small groups of radical citizens fool your heart into believing that you are going this alone. The Warriors that patrol every street in this nation grieve with you now. Every SWAT cop that dons his call out gear to bring a conclusion to violent situations grieves with you.
    Today, we are all OPD!
    I would like to remind all of you Patrol Officers, Traffic Officers, and SWAT Cops of the importance of being a well prepared warrior. A well prepared warrior anticipates that every time he is in contact with another person—whether it’s a traffic stop or a larceny report—he may have to engage the “Warrior Spirit” without a moments notice to survive an encounter that may take his life.
    How do we capture that spirit? First, you must always approach every call as if your about to encounter a deadly force situation, no matter what the radio call is. It is most important however, to treat every citizen, victim, suspect, and witness in a professional manner. Treat them the way you would want to be treated if you were that person, but if the situation goes south, engaging the “Warrior Spirit” needs to be automatic. Your focus must teeter on that fine edge with every citizen encounter as if you’re preparing for a SWAT operation. Your focus needs to be clear and you must have the ability to switch to a fighting mode in a fraction of a second without any hesitation. You must always assume that every citizen contact can become a deadly force encounter and if it does you won’t accept failure.
    In 1725 a Mohican Chief named “Aupumut” told his warriors:
    “When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home”.
    Chief Aupumut obviously recognized that his warriors’ mindset was the first step in the overall preparation of their development.
    The “Warrior Spirit” is a combination of confidence, concentration, and tenacity. Those qualities are worthless without the physical skill and ability to complete the task but so, too, are the physical abilities without the proper mindset.
    Here are a few tips to help develop the “Warrior Spirit”:
    • Be “aware” all the time and “anticipate” a threat
    • Train like you fight
    • Never quit
    • Build confidence through training and fitness
    • Fight chaos with chaos. Use speed, surprise, and violence of action
    • Create the mindset that killing a homicidal adversary is an acceptable action
    Here is a training principle that I like to use when training SWAT officers:
    “Training should be designed to be uncomfortable, physically and mentally, it should take officers to stressful dark places where they have never gone before, under a controlled environment, so that if they are ever taken there by an adversary it won’t be their first time.”
    An officer’s ability to react under duress, pain, and seemingly insurmountable odds remains the hallmark of the “Warrior Spirit.” Tenacity against an adversary must be trained, expected, and demanded from our officers.
    This past weekend the officers of the Oakland Police Department fought like “Warriors.”
    Today their “Warrior Spirit” lives in all of us.
    Today, we are all OPD.

    Honoring the warriors of Oakland PD
  24. MCADPD24

    MCADPD24 MassCops Member

    Re: WTF: Vigil Held For Oakland Cop Killer Suspect

    Yeah pray for the asshole who killed the officer, but forget about the families that he fucking ruined. I hope you rot in hell you piece of shit.
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    InPDUM News

    [​IMG] Uhuru Movement releases statement on Lovelle Mixon's shooting of four Oakland police Branch: Oakland, CA
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    [​IMG] Four Oakland police killed by African resisting police occupation Branch: Oakland, CA
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    More trouble will be brewing

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