Today is the 13th Anniversary of the Killing of Four Oakland Police Officers
Today is the 13th year anniversary of the worst day in the history of the Oakland Police Department when four officers were killed during a confrontation with a wanted parolee.
Killed in the shootings were Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Erin Romans and Daniel Sakai and Officer John Hege. Wanted parolee Lovelle Mixon was shot and killed by police at the end of the incident, which began when Dunakin and Hege stopped him for a traffic violation.
According to Oakland police, Mixon shot and killed Dunakin and Hege during the traffic stop and then shot and killed Romans and Sakai when their SWAT team entered a nearby apartment where he was hiding.
Alameda County sheriff’s officials said Deputy Derek Pope received the National Sheriffs’ Association “Deputy of the Year” award for joining Oakland’s SWAT team in entering the apartment where Mixon was hiding. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said, “Deputy Pope made a decision to enter that building, putting himself at great risk, to come to the aid of his fellow officers of the Oakland Police Department.”
Pope is the first Alameda County sheriff’s deputy to receive the national award.
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