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Sergeant Ervin Julius Romans, II | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California


Ervin Julius Romans, II

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 165

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Killed by other officers

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Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, SWAT team members, were killed when they attempted to apprehend a suspect that had earlier in the day shot and killed Sergeant Mark Dunakin and mortally wounded Officer John Hege during a traffic stop.

At approximately 1:15 pm, Sergeant Dunakin and Officer Hege, patrolling on motorcycle, pulled over a car on a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing the officers. 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 him. As the SWAT officers approached, the suspect opened fired with a rifle, killing Sergeants Ervin Romans and 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.

Sergeant Romans had served with the Oakland Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin
Oakland Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire

Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai
Oakland Police Department, California
End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire

Police Officer John Raymond Hege
Oakland Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Cause: Gunfire

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It's been six years, but I still remember the tributes paid to you by your fellow officers and members of the community. The leadership of you, Sgt. Sakai, Sgt. Dunakin, and Officer Hege serve as inspiration to new generations of peace keepers. You four were the best and the brightest, men of great character. Thank you for choosing to serve the law-abiding citizens of Oakland. We know that you had other choices, but you four chose to serve in a dangerous city, not for the money, but to protect the citizens. May the Lord watch over your beloved Nikki and your children, and the families and loved ones of your fellow officers who died that day. We will never forget. You and Sgt. Sakai were killed by an assault rifle, not a normal rifle. May you four rest in peace and may your families know that your influence as positive role models continues to this day.

L. Norton
February 21, 2015


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