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Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Sergeant

Daniel Takashi Sakai

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 186

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Killed by other officers

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Sergeant Daniel Sakai and Sergeant Ervin Romans, 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 Sakai had served with the Oakland Police Department for nine years.

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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 Ervin Julius Romans, II
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End of Watch: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire

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

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Sakai,I miss that smile! and Sgt Dunakin when you would come into the jail and say that I was the hardest working Officer! That always made my day!! I will always remember where I was when I received the news and how sad I felt you are all very much missed. Jenn my thoughts and prayers are with you on this difficult day xo

Kathy Ceballo
Correctional Officer
March 21, 2015

 

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