Ugly: 4 officers need your prayers...Oakland, CA

Ugly: 4 officers need your prayers...Oakland, CA

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    Ugly: 4 officers need your prayers...Oakland, CA

    California police: Four officers shot in Oakland -

    here ya go:
    Individual Checks made out to families and mailed to:

    c/o OPOA
    Attn: Rennee Hassna
    555 5th Street
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Checks should be made out to the following:
    * Dunakin Children's Family Trust
    * Romans Children's Family Trust
    * Sakai Family Trust

    Wire transfers directly to Merrill Lynch Accounts:
    * Dunakin Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04065
    * Romans Children's Family Trust a/c #204-04066
    * Sakai Family Trust a/c #204-04064

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    Back home in Louisiana !!!!
    Not good at all

    Hope those officers come out OK

    Glad they got that dirt-bag!

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    The only good things about this story are they got the perp, and the officers are still alive for the moment.

    California police: Four officers shot in Oakland -

    California police: Four officers shot in OaklandStory Highlights

    (CNN) -- Four police officers are in critical condition and a suspect is dead after two shootings in an Oakland, California, neighborhood, Saturday afternoon, police confirmed.

    Officers console each other outside the Oakland hospital where their colleagues are in critical condition.

    1 of 3 Police received a call around 1:15 p.m. reporting two officers down on MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan said.

    A manhunt was under way for the shooter when an anonymous caller directed authorities to a building on an adjacent street where the gunman was believed to be barricaded, Jordan said.

    The gunman opened fire, wounding two more officers before police returned fire, killing the suspect, Jordan said.

    The four officers were taken to Highland Hospital, Officer Jeff Thomason said.

    Police said they are investigating whether others were involved in the incident, but don't believe there is another shooter.

    Aerial video from the scene off East 27th Street in Oakland showed crime-scene investigators blocking off a a portion of a street, and a sidewalk smeared with pools of blood.

    Law enforcement swarmed store fronts and lawns near the shooting scenes.

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    Geraldo on Fox just reported that the four officers are dead......but I cannot confirm this online yet. Keep the faith that is wrong.
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    Here's the update with more details:

    Three Oakland police officers die in shootings, one critical, city attorney says

    Oakland, SWAT, police, 4 officers shot
    Dan Rosenstrauch / Associated Press

    Law enforcement officers find cover behind a car on 73rd Avenue in Oakland while responding to the second officer-involved shooting of the day.
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger calls this a 'tragic day for law enforcement' and orders flags flown at half mast. The police department is expected to confirm their deaths at a news conference tonight.
    By Maria L. LaGanga and Cara Mia DiMassa
    9:18 PM PDT, March 21, 2009
    Reporting from Los Angeles and Oakland -- 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.

    Two motorcycle officers were shot during the traffic stop at 1:16.p.m. on MacArthur Boulevard in east Oakland. A man stepped out of the car and fired at the officers before fleeing into the neighborhood, authorities said.

    After the first shooting, police launched a "very extensive manhunt" for the suspect, Thomason said. Police then received an anonymous tip that a possible suspect was barricaded inside a nearby apartment building.

    About 3:20 p.m., officers tracked the suspect down at a building along 74th Avenue. SWAT officers entered the building. Russo said the suspect fired at officers through a wall with a high-powered rifle, hitting two of them.

    SWAT officers "returned fire in defense of their lives," said acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.

    The four officers were taken to Highland Hospital.

    "We are not searching for anybody else right now," Thomason said. He added that the investigation is ongoing and that authorities were still trying to notify family members. "This is a highly sensitive situation we're dealing with," he said.

    This was the first time since 1970 that four law enforcement officers perished at one time in California. That year four California Highway Patrol officers were killed in a shootout in Newhall on a freeway offramp.

    The shootings today occurred along MacArthur Boulevard near the Eastmont police substation, where pawn shops, check-cashing stands and storefront churches line the street. Tonight, the area was still cordoned off with yellow police tape. Residents had to show identification before police would allow them to return to their homes.

    Germaine Jackson, 23, who lives nearby, said he was at home when the shootings occurred.

    "I came outside and I heard probably 10 gunshots," Jackson said.

    Unfortunately, he said, gun violence is not uncommon in his neighborhood. "I don't feel safe at all," he said. "You don't know who will shoot you."

    Yolanda Johnson, 58, was working at a pawn shop on MacArthur when she heard the shots.

    "I've been working here for 18 years," she said. "This area is pretty bad and it's not getting better. It's so sad that happened to those officers."

    K. Lowe, 40, who was walking his pit bull two blocks from the crime scene, said he was not surprised by the brazen shooting.

    "It's a hot spot," he said. "This is just another day in the 'hood. It's sad, but what can you do? It's a doggone shame."

    Standing nearby with officers, City Councilwoman Desley Brooks, whose district includes the Oakland area where the officers were gunned down, said her heart was with their relatives.

    "Our prayers go out to all of the families of all the officers," she said. "They do such a tremendous service. And I can't even find words beyond what I have just said."

    The officers' deaths saddened law enforcement officers throughout the state.

    "We join our fellow police officers in praying for the families and friends whose hearts ache for their lost loved ones," Paul M. Weber, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said in a written statement. "The murder rampage today in Oakland should serve as a reminder that every day police officers bravely protect our families, friends, and neighbors from crime."

    The last death of an on-duty Oakland police officer was in 2004 when William Seuis, 39, was killed in a hit-and-run crash on motorcycle patrol. Another officer, William Wilkins, 29, was mistakenly shot by two rookie officers in 2001 while he was on undercover patrol.

    Police agencies in Oakland have been wracked with controversy in recent months.

    A few weeks ago, Oakland Police Chief Wayne Tucker left the department in the wake of criticism. Tucker announced his resignation in late January as the City Council -- frustrated by rising crime and negative publicity -- planned to call for a vote of no confidence.

    Tucker, who served as chief for more than four years, was blasted for his management of the department and his missteps in the investigation of the murder of journalist Chauncey Bailey.

    Earlier this year, racially-tinged riots erupted in Oakland as a result of a shooting by another police agency. An on-duty transit police officer was seen on videotape shooting an unarmed man in the back at the Fruitvale BART station. The officer, Johannes Mehserle, who is white, was charged with murder in the death of Oscar J. Grant III, who is black.

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    He apparently knew that he was never getting out of prison and was waiting to ambush the swat team.I don't think that many swat officers have ever been killed in a single shooting ever
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    Another scumbag out on the street that should have never been released from his cage.
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    Sorry to hear this...RIP officers...sad day for many families.
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    God bless the fallen officers and their families. My heart goes out to O.P.D.

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    Truly a sad day for us all. RIP
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    Gunman kills 3 officers, wounds 4th in Oakland

    Gunman kills 3 officers, wounds 4th in Oakland

    OAKLAND, Calif. – A police officer was battling for his life and three more were dead after a parolee with an "extensive criminal history" opened fire at a routine traffic stop and hours later gunned down members of a SWAT team searching for him.

    The gunman was also killed Saturday, capping a day of violence that the Oakland Police Department said was the worst in its history. Never before had three police officers died in the line of duty on the same day.

    "It's in these moments that words are extraordinarily inadequate," said Mayor Ron Dellums at a somber news conference Saturday night.

    The mayhem began that afternoon, when two motorcycle patrol officers stopped a 1995 Buick sedan in east Oakland, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said. The driver opened fire, killing Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, and gravely wounding Officer John Hege, 41.

    The gunman then fled on foot, police said, leading to an intense manhunt by dozens of Oakland police, California Highway Patrol officers and Alameda County sheriff deputies. Streets were roped off and an entire area of east Oakland closed to traffic.

    About two hours later, officers got an anonymous tip that the gunman was inside a nearby apartment building.

    A SWAT team had entered an apartment to clear and search it when the gunman shot them with an assault rifle, police said.

    Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35, were killed and a third officer was grazed by a bullet, police said.

    SWAT team members returned fire, killing 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon of Oakland, Acting Oakland police Chief Howard Jordan said.

    Officer Hege suffered brain damage and may not survive, his father, Dr. John S. Hege, said late Saturday.

    "It is a stunning thing to face," he said.

    Grieving officers at the police station hugged and consoled each other. People left four bouquets of white roses under a granite memorial wall inside the building lobby that lists 47 officers killed in the line of duty. The wall shows the last officer killed in Oakland was in January of 1999.

    Police said Mixon wielded two different weapons. One gun was used at the first scene and an assault rifle was used at the apartment building where he was hiding.

    Jordan said Mixon had an "extensive criminal history" and was wanted on a no-bail warrant.

    "(Mixon) was on parole and he had a warrant out for his arrest for violating that parole. And he was on parole for assault with a deadly weapon," said Oakland police Deputy Chief Jeffery Israel.

    Police said they did not know exactly why the officers initially stopped the suspect, but said it apparently was a routine traffic stop.

    People lingered at the scene of the first shooting. About 20 bystanders taunted police.

    Tension between police and the community has risen steadily since the fatal shooting of unarmed 22-year-old Oscar Grant by a transit police officer at an Oakland train station on Jan. 1.

    That former Bay Area Rapid Transit officer, Johannes Mehserle, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. Violent protests erupted on the streets of Oakland in the weeks after Grant's death, further inflaming tensions.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger planned to fly to Oakland on Sunday from Washington, D.C., to meet with police and Mayor Dellums, the govenor's office said.


    Associated Press writer Tim Reiterman contributed to this report.
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    About 20 bystanders taunted police
    This is very disturbing.

    Has a fund been set up for the officers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    This is very disturbing.

    Has a fund been set up for the officers?
    Bystanders taunting officers at the scene of a double murder.
    Is this the sad state of affairs that our country has come to? No respect for anything? I'm very saddened by this.
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    A very sad day...and I hope they can track where the weapons came from and charge with murder.


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