Governor visits Oakland after shootings

March 23, 2009 2:04:42 PM PDT
Oakland police say a fourth gravely-wounded officer was declared brain dead Sunday morning. 41-year old John Hege was still on life support as of Sunday evening.

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His fellow officers Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Dan Sakai were all killed in the line of duty Saturday. A fifth officer was grazed by a bullet and released from the hospital.

It is the worst tragedy in the history of the Oakland police force and one of the deadliest ever in California.

Governor Schwarzenegger met with officers at the Police Officers Association headquarters on Sunday and his visit helped boost morale.

Governor Schwarzenegger only spoke with the police officers and city officials shortly after it was announced that a fourth police officer is brain dead and will remain on life support until a final decision is made on organ donation.

41-year old John Hege was the other motorcycle officer who was shot at 74th and MacArthur Boulevard during a routine traffic stop.

"The Governor did indicate that the State of California was going to assist in providing some reward money in that regard, but the details of that, I'm not aware of," said Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums Sunday.

The shooter, 26-year old Lovelle Mixon, was a parolee with an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

"And, I certainly am going to be talking to the Governor about integrating police, parole, probation and prisons," said Attorney General Jerry Brown.

State Attorney General and former Oakland Mayor, Jerry Brown, expressed frustration with the current parole system.

"A good number of these parolees are not where they're supposed to be. They say they're in one place and when parole agents go there they're not there. So, I think that's one of the darker secrets of the whole prison industry," he said.

Mixon barricaded himself in an apartment just around the corner from where he shot the motorcycle officers.

Exclusive ABC7 video shows a flash bang thrown into the unit just before Mixon fired an assault weapon killing two SWAT officers as they entered the apartment.

Flowers are piling up at Oakland police headquarters from those showing their appreciation for the officers who died.

"I mean, they're very courageous. They protect and defend you know?" said Oakland resident Carl Friberg.

"I drew the mountain, the policeman walking a dog and a kid," said 7-year old Liam Rizzo, who hand-delivered a letter and picture to a grieving officer. "Sorry about your friends. Thanks for all the stuff you do for us."

A steady stream of people have been leaving flowers and cards at Oakland police headquarters.

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