- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - The family of the man labeled the killer of three police officers in Oakland, Calif., is defending the 26-year-old parolee who also was slain.

Authorities in Oakland say suspect Lovelle Mixon was slain in a gunfight with police in which two officers were killed Saturday. Police said another officer was fatally shot earlier in the day and a fourth was gravely wounded after the two of them pulled Mixon over for a traffic stop.

A cousin of Mixon said Sunday that he was “not a monster.”

Twenty-eight-year-old LaTasha Mixon of Sacramento also said her family’s prayers were with the slain officers’ relatives.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday ordered flags at the state capitol flown at half-staff in honor of the slain officers.

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