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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.

Killed SWAT Sergeants Didn't Expect an AK-47

March 23, 2009
When Oakland police Sgts. Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai burst into an apartment on 74th Avenue on Saturday, they knew they were entering a dangerous situation. After all, they were looking for a man who had already killed two police officers.

Killer of 4 Officers Wanted to Avoid Prison

March 23, 2009
According to authorities, Lovelle Mixon used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot and kill Hege and Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, two motorcycle officers who pulled him over during a routine traffic stop.

Oakland Police Deaths: What Went Wrong?

March 23, 2009
Police and law enforcement experts will dissect the case to find out what went wrong Saturday, likely breaking the incident in two: the traffic stop that left two motorcycle officers fatally wounded, and the SWAT operation two hours later that left two officers and the suspect dead.

Bystanders Taunt Police at Scene of Oakland Cop Murders

March 22, 2009
People lingered at the scene of the first shootings. 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.

Family's Account of Oakland Parolee who Killed the Four Police Officers

March 22, 2009
Lovelle Mixon's shocked family, gathering at an East Oakland home where the parolee had been living until recently, apologized to the officers' families and to the public, and said they don't understand what might have triggered his burst of violence.

Oakland Police And City Cope With Tragic Shooting

March 22, 2009
The mood was somber at the Oakland police headquarters Saturday evening as city officials and leaders of the force gathered to talk to the media about the day's tragic events.
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