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Oakland Officers' Slayings Reignite Assault Weapon Debate

March 24, 2009
Chuck Michel, a civil rights attorney representing the California Rifle and Pistol Association, said such talk is "political opportunism at its worst," in furtherance of flawed public policy.

Parolee Stood Over Stricken Oakland Motor Officers and Fired Again

March 24, 2009
Lovelle Mixon, a parolee on the run, already had shot Oakland police Sgt. Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege. Then, as the two men lay on the ground, Mixon stood over them and fired again.

Oakland Cop Killer Linked to Rape

March 24, 2009
The day before Lovelle Mixon unleashed a barrage of gunfire that killed four Oakland police officers, the department's investigators learned that DNA evidence had linked the fugitive parolee to an unsolved rape this year, authorities said Monday.

Oakland Cop Shooter Person of Interest in 2007 Homicide

March 23, 2009
Lovelle Mixon was released five years later but within two months became a person of interest for the murder of Ramon Stevens, a 42-year-old who was shot on the corner of 86th and E. 14th Street.

Vallejo Police to Offer Aid to Oakland

March 23, 2009
The Vallejo Police Department will be helping its Oakland counterpart in the wake of the weekend shootings of four officers, Chief Bob Nichelini said Sunday.

Daniel Sakai - Quick Learner was a Rising Star

March 23, 2009
Daniel Sakai, 35, of Castro Valley, was recently named a leader of the entry team, colleagues said. SWAT members are assigned to either the entry team, which breaks down doors in search of suspects, or the sniper team, which takes up positions nearby in case police need to open fire.

Ervin Romans - Compassionate SWAT Veteran

March 23, 2009
An Oakland officer since 1996, Ervin Romans, 43, of Danville was a member of the entry team, busting down doors to arrest barricaded suspects. It was during just such an operation Saturday in which Romans was shot to death in an East Oakland apartment.

John Hege - Always the First to Respond

March 23, 2009
John Hege, 41, joined the Oakland Police Department 10 years ago after a stint as a reserve officer. He graduated from St. Mary's College in Moraga and had taught physical education and oversaw study hall at Tennyson High School in Hayward.

Mark Dunakin - a Cop Committed to Oakland

March 23, 2009
Mark Dunakin, 40, lived in Tracy and was an Oakland cop for 18 years. The father of three was a graduate of Chabot College in Hayward. He was promoted to sergeant in 1999 and worked homicide cases in the criminal investigation division.

Protestors Link Oakland Ambush to BART Shooting

March 23, 2009
By late afternoon Saturday, a group of about 50 people lined 73rd Avenue, a block from where Dunakin and Hege were shot.
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