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Police Officer David Edward Marks | Oakland Police Department, California Oakland Police Department, California

Police Officer

David Edward Marks

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, February 7, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 2 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officers David Marks and David Branhan 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 terms of 15 years to life on May 29, 1975.

Officer Marks had been a member of the Oakland Police Department for two years, and is survived by his mother.

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

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There isn't a day that goes by that i don't miss my brother. He was one of the good guys, thoughtful, loving, funny.
Every time another officer is killed in the line of duty, my heart hurts for the families and the pain they will endure for the rest of their lives.

Barbara Marks Carswell
Sister of David Marks
July 10, 2016

 

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