7 Years Later, Law Enforcement Community Still Mourns Tragic Loss of 4 Oakland Officers

Photo: Michael Macor/The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor/The Chronicle

Monday marked the 7-year anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks on California law enforcement.

On March 21, 2009, four Oakland, CA police officers were shot and killed by Lovelle Mixon, a convicted felon whom authorities would later discover had raped two women at gunpoint just hours before his deadly encounter with law enforcement.  

The incident began when Officer John Hege and Sergeant Mark Dunakin pulled Mixon over on MacArthur Boulevard for a traffic violation. Mixon opened fire on the officers and, after both Hege and Dunakin fell to the ground, stood over the officers and again shot them execution-style.  

Both Officer Hege and Sergeant Dunakin would die from their injuries.  

Mixon fled the scene and a police manhunt ensued. He would eventually be tracked down to a nearby residence with the help of a citizen who saw the incident and was familiar with Mixon.  

SWAT team officers would eventually make entry into the residence. Mixon, now laying in wait, would again fire upon the officers, killing Oakland SWAT Sergeants Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai.

An Oakland police sergeant and Alameda County deputy would eventually shoot and kill Mixon. 

Thousands of mourners would attend the funeral for Sergeants Dunakin, Romans, Sakai, and Officer Hege, filling Oakland's Oracle Arena and paying remembrance to four officer lost in the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11.


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