Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai

Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai

Oakland Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, March 21, 2009

Daniel Takashi Sakai

Sergeant Daniel Sakai and Sergeant Ervin Romans, 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 pm, 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 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 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 Sakai had served with the Oakland Police Department for nine years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 186

Incident Details

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

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Dan, my friend... 25 years ago we worked together as CSOs at UC Berkeley. I had been your training officer in 1992, taught you the difference between a 10-59 and an 11-51. You were probably the easiest trainee I had over the years. I knew then that you would become a police officer, and a good one.

Last time I spoke with you, you were doing traffic control after a football game, I believe it was Sept 1996 after we beat OSU in triple overtime. You recognized me as I walked by even though it had been a few years, and we spent about 5min catching up. I still remember that day.

The day I learned of your passing, my heart sank and my three year old daughter asked me why I was so sad and I cried telling her why. I still remember that day. Rest in peace brother.

Scott Redman, former CSO (1990-1993)
UC Berkeley Police Dept #153

March 23, 2018

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