These three Oakland city police department officers died today in the line of duty and I would like to honor them and their sacrifice.
At about 1:15 pm on March 21, 2009, two motorcycle officers tried to pull over a car which was being driven by Lovelle Mixon, the suspect, on a traffic stop at MacArthur Boulevard. For some reason the driver paniced and used his deadly weapon to fend for himself. In the ensuing shoot out, Sergeant Dunakin got hit. The other officer was greviously injured but he managed to radio for help.
Lovelle Mixon then fled on foot. But by now Oakland Police department knew about the situation and had involved the efforts of majority. There were dozens of Oakland police, California Highway Patrol officers, and Alameda County sheriff deputies etc.
About an hour later the PD got a phone call about the where abouts of Lovelle Mixon and soon they barricaded the area. The SWAT team tried to enter the appartment when the gunman fired an assault rifle again at the officers who came into the building to secure and disarm him.
It was here that Sergeants Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai of the SWAT team were hit and paid dearly with thier lives. Another officer was grazed by a bullet.
Police returned fire, killing the 26-year-old male suspect, who was wanted for violating his parole after a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon.
Our prayers and consolenses go out to the officers and their families. Oakland police has done a phenomenal job keeping the streets of Oakland clean and safe.
In spite of knowing the suspect was there in the building and being so heavily armed and protective gear like kevlar, 2 lives is a heavy price.
This encounter will be analysed and studied deeply so that future risks can be avoided.