SWAT tactics examined after Oakland cop killings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Experts say the Oakland Police Department SWAT team's decision to rush an apartment rather than wait out an armed man is expected to be the subject of Special Weapons and Tactics training classes across the country.

Police say parolee Lovelle Mixon shot motorcycle patrolmen Mark Dunakin and John Hege with a handgun during a traffic stop, then later killed SWAT team members Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai with an assault weapon.

Another SWAT officer was injured, and Mixon was killed.

The Oakland Police Department says that its internal investigation of the March 21 killings will include a review by outside SWAT experts.

Lawyers, police trainers and others expect the examination to determine whether police followed departmental guidelines and whether they made tactical or procedural mistakes.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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