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Police Officer David John Branhan | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

David John Branhan

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Police Officer David Edward Marks
Oakland Police Department, California
End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 1974
Cause: Gunfire

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Every year since 2009 I have made the blue ribbons with the 51 names of the Oakland Police Officers who have died in the line of duty. It is my honor to do this for the fallen officers. The ribbons hang on a tree outside the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Oakland, California for all to see the sacrifice they have made to keep us safe. God bless you all and rest in peace.

A grateful citizen
February 24, 2012

 

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