In Honor & Memory of
Sgt. Mark Dunakin
Sgt. Ervin Romans
Sgt. Daniel Sakai
Ofc. John Hege
Oakland California Police
End of Watch: Mach 21 ~ 24, 2009
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Sergeant Mark Dunakin
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 252
Sergeant Ervin Romans
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: 165
Sergeant Daniel Sakai
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 186
Officer John Hege
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: 729
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 him. 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.
Sergeant Dunakin had served with the Oakland Police Department for 17 years and is survived by his wife and three children.
Sergeant Romans had served with the Oakland Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps.
Sergeant Sakai had served with the Oakland Police Department for nine years.
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