- The Washington Times - Friday, March 27, 2009

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - The families of four police officers gunned down last weekend are arriving at an Oakland arena for a joint funeral that’s drawing law enforcement from around the world.

Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege (HEE GEE), Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai (suh KY’) were killed, police say, by a parolee after a traffic stop that turned into a manhunt and gunfight.

Their caskets are draped in American flags for the funeral Friday at Oracle Arena. Mourners passed under a giant U.S. flag held up by two fire truck ladders as they entered the parking lot.

Officials expect more than 19,000 people at the service. The Oakland Coliseum next door and community centers are also televising the funeral.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Mourners from around the country and around the world are beginning to arrive in Oakland for the joint funeral of four police officers gunned down last weekend.

Law officers and other mourners were expected to fill the 16,900-seat Oracle Arena on Friday. The service will air at Oakland Coliseum and community centers as well.

Officers Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were killed by a parolee after what appeared to be a routine traffic stop that turned into a manhunt and gunfight.

Among those scheduled to speak at the funeral are Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Attorney General Jerry Brown. Brown is the former mayor of Oakland. The playing of bagpipes, a 21-gun salute with a military cannon and flyovers will follow.

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