Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. We want to pay our respects to each and every fallen officer. Also, we would like to thank every officer that has to put their life on the line everyday for our safety. THANK YOU!
Today is especially close to me because in 2009, California suffered a massive lost when 4 police officers were killed. This was said to be one of the worst days for law enforcement in California history. Sergeant Ervin Romans, a personal family friend, lost his life doing what he loved “protecting citizens.”
Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, SWAT team members, were killed when they attempted to apprehend a suspect that had earlier in the day shot and killed Sergeant Mark Dunakin and mortally wounded Officer John Hege during a traffic stop.
At approximately 1:15 pm, Sergeant Dunakin and Officer Hege, patrolling on motorcycle, pulled over a car on a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing the officers. 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 Sergeants Ervin Romans and 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.
Seregeant Ervin Julius Romans, II
Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin
Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai
Police Officer John Raymond Hege