Sergeant Ervin Julius Romans, II

Sergeant Ervin Julius Romans, II

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Ervin Julius Romans, II

Sergeant Ervin Romans and Sergeant Daniel Sakai, SWAT team members, were killed when they attempted to apprehend a suspect that had earlier in the day shot and killed Sergeant Mark Dunakin and mortally wounded Officer John Hege during a traffic stop.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Sergeant Dunakin and Officer Hege, patrolling on motorcycle, pulled over a car on a traffic stop at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard. During the stop, the driver opened fire, killing the officers. 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 p.m., 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 Sergeants Ervin Romans and 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 Romans had served with the Oakland Police Department for 13 years and had previously served with the United States Marine Corps. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two stepchildren.

In March 2012, the Keller Avenue Bridge over I-580 was renamed the "Sgt. Mark Dunakin Sgt. Ervin Romans Sgt. Daniel Sakai Officer John Hege Memorial Bridge".


  • Age 43
  • Tour 13 years
  • Badge 165
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Killed by other officers

arrest attempt

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Erv, I'll always cherish the memories of our laughs in the range office when you fixed my runaway glock, or the last time we talked about the new recruits while we were filling up at the pumps after hitting 908d. Sometimes the bad memories will sneak in of when I helped take you out of your unmarked at ACH, and I knew you were gone. Who would've thought it would end this way...
Taking you home was the heaviest thing I've ever done, but we were all proud and honored to escort you home. That's what warriors do.
You'd be so proud of Justine and Kristine, and Nikki still misses you. I'm glad your folks are with you now, they never got over losing you.
It's been 11 years, but all of us Marines, OPD and honor guard think of you and Dan, Mark and John often, and we smile at the good times.
Take care brother. I'll see you in the tall grass. Semper fidelis.

Police Officer David Wong, ret.
Oakland Police Department, Oakland, CA

November 3, 2020

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