Ervin Romans of Danville was one of the three Oakland police officers shot and killed yesterday by a man on parole.
Ervin was a member of the SWAT team that entered an apartment on 74th Avenue searching for the suspect that had shot two Oakland motorcycle officers after a routine traffic stop on MacArthur Boulevard around 1:15 p.m. yesterday. One of the motorcycle officers was killed and the other is reported to be on life support.
Romans, 43, was hired by the Oakland Police Department in January 1996. He was pronounced dead after being shot in the apartment.
Police from different agencies fanned out throughout Oakland after the first shooting, and someone reportedly tipped them off that the suspect was hiding in the apartment building, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The SWAT team brought the area around the building under control and they tried to communicate with the suspect.
SWAT officers entered the apartment at about 3:30 p.m. The suspect was hiding in a closet and opened fire, shooting three of them. Officers then opened fire on the suspect, killing him.
The suspect has been identified as Lovelle Mixon, 26, of Oakland, who was on parole after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.
"All four officers dedicated their lives to public safety and selflessly worked to protect the people of Oakland," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Maria and I join the Bay Area in remembering their service and honoring their sacrifice."
Schwarzenegger said Capitol flags would be flown at half-staff, and he was to fly in from Washington, D.C., today to meet with Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums and Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan.