Every SheepDog knows and accepts that he can suffer a like fate. Nevertheless, the news is numbing.
Three Oakland police officers and a suspect are dead, and another officer is in grave condition, after two related shootings on Saturday, the first after a traffic stop and the second after a massive manhunt ended in gunfire, police said.
The slain officers were identified as Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 40, who was killed at the first shooting. The two members of the SWAT team who were killed at the second location were Sgt. Ervin Romans, 43, and Sgt. Daniel Sakai, 35. Officer John Hege, 41, is in grave condition.
Brother SheepDogs, you hunted the Wolf and paid the Warrior’s price.
Uu-ah Brothers Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai! May you rest in peace.
Uu-ah Brother John Hege! May you heal and return to the good fight with your Brothers-in-Arms.
UPDATE 3/22/09 1952 hours: Officer John Hege has been declared brain dead.
Links in this Blog:
Three Oakland Officers Slain, Fourth Critical
Follow up Blog 3/26/09:
SheepDogs Are Not Enough