Three Oakland, Calif. officers killed, one in grave condition
Editor's note: According to reports, three Oakland police sergeants — Sgt. Daniel Sakai, Sgt. Ervin Romans, and Sgt. Mark Dunakin — were shot and killed and a fourth officer was critically wounded Saturday in a pair of related incidents one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcement in California history. A fifth officer, a member of the SWAT team that killed the suspect police held responsible for the shootings, was treated for minor injuries and released. The PoliceOne editorial team is continuing to follow this tragic event and will post updates as additional information becomes available.
By Terry Coillins and Kusa Leff
OAKLAND, Calif. — Police say three officers and a suspect are dead and another officer is in grave condition after two related shootings, the first after a traffic stop and the second after a massive manhunt ended in gunfire.
Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason says two officers were shot just after 1 p.m. Saturday after they stopped the suspect's vehicle in east Oakland. One officer was killed and another badly wounded.
The suspect fled the scene on foot into a nearby neighborhood, leading to an intense manhunt by dozens of officers.
Thomason says officers acting on an anonymous tip found the suspect around 3:30 p.m. barricaded inside a building. Shots were fired and two members of the SWAT team and the suspect was killed.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered flags at California's state capitol flown at half-staff for the three Oakland police officers killed by a gunman.
Police said a parolee with an "extensive criminal history" opened fire at a routine traffic stop Saturday in the city and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team who were searching for him.
Schwarzenegger headed for a meeting with Oakland police on Sunday.
A fourth police officer who was wounded Saturday is hospitalized and battling for his life.
The gunman also was killed Saturday.
The Oakland Police Department says it was the worst day in its history. Never before had three police officers been killed in the line of duty on the same day.