Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin

Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Mark Thomas Dunakin

Sergeant Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege 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.

Sergeant Dunakin had served with the Oakland Police Department for 17 years and is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 252

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Killed by other officers

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Posted November 2, 2019 on SF News

Widow Of Oakland Police Officer Dies From Car Accident, Organs Donated To Save Lives
Angela Dunakin – the wife of Sgt. Mark Dunakin, who was among the four Oakland Police Department officers fatally shot in the March 21st, 2009 police shooting – was involved in a fatal car crash, this past Sunday.

According to East Bay News, Dunakin was on her way back from visiting her youngest son, Patrick, at Chico State University – bringing him cookies, as well – when a “large truck” rear-ended her at a stopped traffic light on Highway 99 in Yuba City, Sunday. Though first responders were quick to the scene and able to transport her to the latter-mentioned hospital, the trauma she endured from the accident lead to her untimely passing.

The Northern California chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) published Dunakin’s passing in a Facebook post Thursday; she was pronounced dead on Monday.

However, Dunakin is still helping those on this mortal plane. Being an organ donor, Dunakin’s body has “saved at least four lives,” her friends and family said to the news media site.

Currently, her heart has already been used to save the life of one Washington that was on a transplant list. Dunakin’s liver, too, has gone to a Southern California recipient. And, in a universally-aligned moment, the 52 year old's kidney proved to be a perfect match for the mother of her oldest son’s girlfriend, adding years onto her life.

“It makes us so happy that she’s going to have a lot more years to [the mother of her oldest son’s girlfriend] life,” her daughter said in an interview with East Bay Times Friday. “I’m glad my mom was able to give us that gift in the face of tragedy."

Other bodily tissues belonging to Dunakin will be donated and used to aid others, helping to decongest the long, scroll-like list many transplant recipients find themselves on.

Survived by the couple’s three adult children, the Fund A Hero: Dunakin Children's Family Trust Fund, supported by the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), is aiming to raise $50,000 to help the three children she left behind.

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November 3, 2019

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