Police Officer David John Branhan

Police Officer David John Branhan

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 1974

David John Branhan

Officers David Branhan and David Marks were shot and killed with Officer Marks' service weapon after a suspect gained control of it.

The officers had been dispatched to a middle school on a call that a disorderly person was on the school grounds and fighting with school staff. When the officers arrived they located the man and took him to a conference room. The man began to struggle with the two officers and gained control of Officer Marks' service weapon and shot them both. The man was apprehended at a nearby apartment building after he was shot and wounded by other officers.

The suspect was convicted of two counts of second degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive 15 year to life terms on May 29, 1975.

Officer Branhan had been a member of the Oakland Police Department for four years, and is survived by his wife.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Dave was my best friend at Oakland HS. We were brothers. He joined the Seals, I, the USMC (Quantico, Vietnam). I miss him and Sandy greatly. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him!!

Semper Fi, Dave!

Captain, USMC, Philip Torbet, San Rafael
Best friend/grammer, High School

March 2, 2017

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