California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was en route to Oakland this morning from the nation’s capital to meet with Mayor Ron Dellums and acting Chief of Police Howard Jordan one day after three police sergeants were shot and killed and a fourth officer gravely wounded.Details of the visit were still being finalized around 9:30 a.m., according to Schwarzenegger’s office. Spokesman Aaron Lear said the governor will meet with Dellums and Jordan privately at Oakland police headquarters around 12:30 p.m. The meeting is closed to the media, he said, and the governor will make no public comments.
Schwarzenegger, who is flying directly to Oakland from Washington, D.C., will offer support and pay his respects, Lear said. The governor spoke with Dellums and Jordan on the phone Saturday.Both police and the city at large are still reeling from the deadliest day in the department’s 157-year history. Two separate but related shootings Saturday afternoon resulted in the deaths of a traffic officer, Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, and two SWAT team members, Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35.Officer John Hege, 41, was also shot and is listed in grave condition at Highland Hospital. A fifth officer, who has not been identified, was treated for a gunshot wound and released from the hospital Saturday.Lovelle Mixon, 26, a parolee, shot Dunakin and Hege during a traffic stop at 1:08 p.m. in the 7400 block of MacArthur Boulevard, police said. Mixon then fled to a nearby apartment complex. A SWAT team was called in, and Mixon apparently fired on them with an assault weapon. Romans and Sakai were killed instantly. Mixon was also killed by officers’ return fire.As of this morning, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said there was no update on Hege’s condition. Thomason also said details for anyone who wants to make a donation in honor of the fallen officers will be available by Monday.Saturday’s events prompted an outpouring of condolences and statements from elected officials.Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, released a statement this morning offering her thoughts and prayers to the officers’ families, and said she is hoping for a speedy recovery for Hege and his fellow wounded officer.”The officers who lost their lives were committed to protecting the citizens of Oakland. They worked tirelessly to make a difference in our community, and we mourn their tragic loss,” she said.
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