More Learned about Oakland Shooting Suspect

March 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators are learning more about the man who shot four Oakland Police officers Saturday and what led up to the shooting.Three of them died Saturday and the fourth was pronounced brain dead Sunday. The suspect is also dead.

Police said Sergeant Mark Dunakin and Officer John Hege were on motorcycles when they stopped 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon. The parolee shot both of them and ran away on foot.

When swat officers cornered him, he shot two of them as well, Sergeants Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai.

State Attorney General and former Oakland Mayor, Jerry Brown, blamed the state's parole system. "A good number of these parolees are not where they're supposed to be. They say they're in one place and when parole agents go there they're not there. So I think that's one of the darker secrets of the whole prison industry," said Brown.

Police said Mixon used two different weapons, a gun at the first scene and an assault rifle when he was cornered in an apartment building.

His family said he was not a monster, but that he must have been desperate.

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