Sunday, March 22, 2009

3 Police officers dead in Oakland, 1 officer brain dead

Oakland police officer pronounced brain dead after shootings
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NEW: Police officer being kept on life support until decision on organs made

Three of his fellow officers killed in shootings in Oakland, California

Shootings occurred in two different locations in Oakland neighborhood

Suspect died in exchange of gunfire with police, police say

(CNN) -- An Oakland, California, police officer critically injured in one of two Saturday shootings that killed three fellow officers was pronounced brain dead on Sunday, a police spokesman told CNN.

Initially, Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said John Hege, 41, was the fourth officer to die after a man being pulled over in a traffic stop opened fire and then battled SWAT officers at a nearby building Saturday.

However, Thomason clarified later Sunday that Hege was pronounced brain dead about noon Sunday, but being kept on life support until a decision is made on organ donation.

The man who police said was the gunman -- Lovelle Mixon, 26, of Oakland -- was fatally shot in a gunbattle with SWAT officers in an apartment complex Saturday.

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