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Police Officer John Raymond Hege | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

John Raymond Hege

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: 10 years

Badge # 729

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/21/2009

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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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 him. 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.

Officer Hege had served with the agency for 10 years.

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You are always missed John. Though you have been avenged it doesn't lessen our loss. SYOTOS my brother (parade wave).

Officer/ Investigator Dave Wong. Oaklan
Oakland Police Department
August 8, 2016

 

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