Rest in Peace

March 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm (Life) (, , , , , , , )

Sergeant Mark Dunakin 

Oakland Police Department California

End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 17 years

Sergeant Dunakin had served with the Oakland Police Department for 17 years and is survived by his wife and three children.



Sergeant Ervin Romans 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 43
Tour of Duty: 13 years




Sergeant Daniel Sakai 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 8 years




Police Officer John Hege 

Oakland Police Department California
End of Watch: Sunday, March 22, 2009

Age: 41



Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Killed by other officers

Sergeant Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege were shot and killed during a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing Sergeant Dunakin and mortally wounding Officer Hege. Citizens who witnessed the incident called 911 and started CPR on both officers.

The suspect fled on foot, leading to an intense manhunt by dozens of officers from the Oakland Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

At approximately 3:30 pm the Oakland Police Department received an anonymous tip that the suspect was barricaded inside an apartment building on 74th Avenue.

Officers first attempted to negotiate with the suspect, but when that failed a SWAT team was sent into the location to apprehend the suspect. As the SWAT officers approached, the suspect opened fired with a rifle, killing Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, and wounding a third officer. Officers returned fire, killing the 26-year-old male suspect.

It was later determined that the suspect had an extensive violent criminal history and was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon. At the time of the incident he had a no-bail parole warrant.
(information from the Officer Down Memorial Page)

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Officers Down In Oakland.

March 22, 2009 at 4:43 am (Life) (, , , , )

Today, four officers were shot in Oakland in two related incidents.

Sgt. Erv Romans, 43, was killed.

Sgt. Dan Sakai, 35, was killed.

Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 41, was killed.

Officer John Hege, 41, remains in critical condition. Some sources have stated that he too died of his injuries, however, the most current press release from OPD states that he remains in “very critical” condition.

A fifth officer was reportedly grazed by a bullet in the altercation, but was treated and released.

The altercation began when officers discovered that the suspect had a no bail warrant for grand theft and possession of marijuana. The suspect fled the scene and was located later by OPD’s SWAT team. The suspect was shot and killed.

Rest in Peace sirs. You will not be forgotten.

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