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Updated OPD Officer Down 03/23/09

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Posted almost 8 years ago


 First off...I want to personally thank each and every member of the Law Enforcement  Community from (Federal, State and Local), as well as all the other groups dedicated to ensuring the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters lives on. When I say groups I mean each and everyone of you. The group names are just that a name to bring together fellow officers and supporters. The response and prayers for the fallen Oakland officers from all of you has been awesome! I cant thank you all enough and I know the families left behind and all our brothers and sisters at the Oakland Police Dept very much appreciate each and everyone of your thoughts and prayers. Prayer is a very powerful tool.

I also wanted to let everyone know that it has been reported that Officer Hege has succumbed to his injuries.

As many of you already know you can pay tribute to the fallen officers by going to as well as any of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Stay Safe Out There And God Bless All Of You and Your Families.

Police Officer John Hege 

Oakland Police Department 


End of Watch: Sunday, March 22, 2009

Biographical Info 

Age: 41 

Tour of Duty: Not available 

Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details 

Cause of Death: Gunfire 

Date of Incident: Saturday, March 21, 2009 

Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type 

Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer John Hege and Sergeant Mark Dunakin were shot and killed during a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing Sergeant Dunakin and mortally wounding Officer Hege. 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 the suspect. As the SWAT officers approached, the suspect opened fired with a rifle, killing Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant 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.

Related Line of Duty Deaths 

Oakland Police Department, California

Sergeant Mark Dunakin 

Oakland Police Department, CA 

EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009 

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Oakland Police Department, California

Sergeant Ervin Romans 

Oakland Police Department, CA 

EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009 

Cause of Death: Gunfire 

Oakland Police Department, California

Sergeant Daniel Sakai 

Oakland Police Department, CA 

EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009 

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Agency Contact Information 

Oakland Police Department 

455 Seventh Street 

Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: (510) 777-3333

Please contact the Oakland Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.


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Our thought and prayers go out to the officers families, friends and the officers of oakland P.D. We may be on the other side of the country but we still mourn. We will wear our mourning bands because we lost brothers in arms. Our uniforms may be a different color but our mission is the same TO PROTECT AND SERVE.

"Blood Upon the Shield"

Blood Upon The Shield

Confrontation in an alley. The Centurion does not yield.

But this time the good guy loses;

there is blood upon the shield.

And the mournful sounds of bagpipes

play out across the land,

drowned out by the sobs of a lonely young wife

and a child too young to understand.

While the killer pleads his case in court,

the thin blue line is one man short.

And we're one step closer to society's fall;

another cop's name is engraved on the wall.

Another state funeral, with an army in blue,

and we know it could've been me and it could've been you.

We all look ahead to what the future has in store,

front line troopers in a country that's at war.

At war with itself and at war with its cops and we're

out there every day 'cause the battle never stops.

It's not the way it is on TV shows or like

we learned in school; no cool music in the background,

no playing by the "rules;"

We're disillusioned warriors,

but for right we'll always strive.

We just pray that at the end of our stress-filled day

we'll get back home alive.

You stand out on the corner

ignoring the insults and the stares,

close to the point of believing that no one really cares,

when a six year-old boy walks over after watching

you for awhile, reaching out to shake your hand,

on his face a friendly smile.

To him you are a hero,

a protector of our land, and he wants

to learn about you,

as a cop and as a man.

And when he asks you why your badge is covered

by a black elastic band,

tell him about our Brother

A cop who made a stand

Some Lead and some follow. Which one are You! Never Forget The Fallen Who Have Paid The Ultimate Sacrifce.