Suspect's family apologizes for killings

March 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The family of the parolee who shot five Oakland police officers talked about the tragedy Sunday.

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Lovelle Mixon ran from the scene after opening fire on two police officers. He made it to his sister's nearby apartment. That building, where three officers were shot during a SWAT team raid, remained under the watch of the police department Sunday.

Investigators were at the scene working the case. Officers were also present, some guarding the entrance not letting anyone enter the bulding. Neigbors hung a flag outside and left some flowers in honor of the officers who were shot.

It was a strikingly different scene from Saturday's chaos.

"I had just got up to use the bathroom, then the next thing you know, the police is kicking down the doors," said Reynete Mixon.

Reynete, the sister of 26-year old suspect Lovelle Mixon, was inside her East Oakland apartment when police burst in searching for her brother. Their flash bang device injured Reynete in the leg. SWAT team members can be seen in this exclusive ABC7 video, raiding the building.

"I heard a lot of gunshots," she said, unsure of whose shots she heard.

Within minutes, her brother Lovelle, wanted for violating his parole for an assault with a deadly weapon arrest, was shot to death by police. But, not before he turned an assault weapon on them first.

"He didn't want to go back. He didn't want to go back. That's the only thing I could think of. Because there wasn't nothing wrong with him. My brother wasn't crazy. He's not a monster," said Lovelle's sister Elonji.

It all happened in Elonji Mixon's home. Her brother was hiding in her daughter's bedroom closet when he fired the fatal shots that led to the deadliest day in Oakland Police Department history.

"Our family, the officers' family, we feel for them. We're all hurting right now. We're all definitely hurting right now," Elonji said struggling with her emotions.

The incident leaves behind so many unanswered questions.

Lovelle's grandmother Mary Mixon had only tears of grief and guilt. "I'm terribly sorry. I'm terribly sorry for what has happened. I'm terribly sorry," she said, apologizing directly to the families of the slain officers.

She also apologized directly to the families of the slain officers saying, "Please forgive us. Forgive us and we pray for you."

Police say Lovelle Mison used two different assault weapons during Saturday's shooting. And, in addition to having a no-bail warrant out for his arrest, police say he had an extensive criminal history.

They also said there are no additional suspects in Saturday's shooting.

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