Police Shooting

What began as a routine traffic stop has ended in the deaths of three police officers and a suspect.

Police in Oakland, Calif., say a man wanted for violating his parole opened fire after being pulled over.

Two officers were shot, one fatally. The other officer is reported in grave condition.

Police say the suspect then fled the scene on foot into a nearby neighborhood, leading to an intense manhunt. Officers found the suspect barricaded inside an apartment building.

Police say the suspect, 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon of Oakland, fired an assault rifle at officers who came into the building to arrest him.

Two SWAT team members were killed and a third was grazed by a bullet. Police returned fire, killing Mixon.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a statement calling it a tragic day.

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  • by Keith Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:34 PM
    I seen on TV today where people were protesting against the Oakland Police and favoring the suspect, Lovelle Mixon. Have you folks lost your mind? Mixon was a rapist and a cold heart ed killer. I have no sympathy for his life. He shot those officers in cold blood. I feel for the Officers Families. These Officers did their jobs and paid the ultimate price. Race should not be an issues in this case. I pray for the families who are involved.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Why oh why has race been brought up ? wrong is wrong ... no matter the skin color! What this guy did was wrong. Bringing up race does nothing but throw gas on a fire. Address the issue. The issue which is that the laws are too lenient and criminals get off easy. Because of this there is no incentive for them to not commit crimes. Start increasing the time served,bring back chain gangs and make the death penalty the punishment for repeat offenders. Once they know that society is not going to give them life in prison more people will strive to be productive citizens instead of criminals.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 23, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    MrT, not a bad idea at all. Wait until the officers are laid to rest. Sharpton will start with the tirade about the Oakland Police chief "...needses to bees fired" ala Don Imus. Along with these idiots, throw Kerry Washington and Rosario Dawson in there, as well. They haven't gone on a race based rant in a while.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Rob, the clowns that you named, Al, Jesse, and the NAACP circus probably know that the Police Officers in that area are not in a mood for thier clown acts right now. It could possibly be hazardous to thier health to go there and start running off at the mouth right now.Hey, on second thought, go Al, go Jesse, and go little naacp circus. And don't come back.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Mar 23, 2009 at 11:44 AM
    Where is the NAACP, Sharpton, Jackson, and all of the rest of the Welfare Warriors? I thought they would crawling out of the woodwork by now.
  • by cop's wife Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2009 at 06:04 AM
    The same thugs in California are the same thugs here. What is wrong with the system? Routine traffic stop turns fatal. Thugs like this would rather die than go back to prison and they don't care who they kill along with them. They have nothing to lose. It's scenario's like this that makes spouses at home worry when their loved one os out on the street. These officers went to work that day, as any other day and the lives of their familes are now forever changed. God Bless each and every one, and each and every officer risking their lives to protect us!!
  • by sick of it on Mar 23, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    chris and mr t why dont you get each others phone no. and argue it out. This is so childish back and forth. Remember people lost their lives, pray for them and their family and stop the childish arguing, sounds like chris is a cop know it all
  • by Wondering on Mar 23, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    THe reason that this state is closing prisons is that Democrats don't think see criminals, they see victims of a racist police state. There needs to be some conservative leadership in this state.
  • by Wondering on Mar 22, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    The proposed North Carolina Budget calls for the closing of prisons in this state. Think things are bad now, wait until this happens and they start turning these thugs loose on the streets. It happens over and over again. Won't the people in charge ever learn. Once they've been in prison there is no rehabilation, they just get schooled on how to not get caught in the future. We need to start locking them up, put em a cell for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Take out the TV and all the exercise equipment. Prison is supposed to be punishment. Now it more like a luxury hotel.
  • by Disgusted Location: NC on Mar 22, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    Makes perfect sense to me! You send a 20 yr old kid to prison for 14 yrs for drugs, but let a habitual criminal like this out on the street again & again until he strips 5 families (including his own) of people they love, children of fathers,wives of husbands, mothers of sons and so on!! Our justice system is BROKEN!!! But, the only thing our lawmakes seem to care about these days is $$$$$>> My sincere condolences to all these families. I'm sure the killers family is in torment tonight as well.
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