Police officer shot, killed during traffic stop in California: ‘An absolutely senseless murder’

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HAYWARD, Calif. — Hours after an officer in Hayward was fatally shot Wednesday during a traffic stop, police said they had arrested a suspect.

Mark Anthony Estrada, 21, is accused of gunning down Sgt. Scott Lunger, a 15-year veteran of the Bay Area department.

Estrada was hospitalized and undergoing treatment for gunshot wounds, but remains in custody, Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban told reporters.

Asked to describe the suspect’s possible motive, Urban didn’t mince words.

“There’s no why,” she said. “It’s an absolutely senseless murder.”

Shot ‘without warning’

Lunger pulled over a vehicle he saw driving erratically shortly after 3 a.m.

“As Sgt. Lunger got out of the car and approached the driver side of the vehicle, the driver shot Sgt. Lunger without warning,” Capt. Mark Koller told reporters.

Another officer was on scene and returned fire, Koller said. The driver fled. The vehicle was later abandoned in Oakland, where it was recovered.

Chief: Slain officer was a ‘warrior’

Urban described Lunger as a friend and warrior.

“He was a great leader here in our organization. He inspired people every day — an incredible friend, a great father, a brother, a husband, a partner,” she said. “We have really suffered a tremendous loss today, and the world is a little bit worse for him being gone.”

Koller described Lunger as a close friend, well-respected, accomplished and an “ideal police officer.”

“This is a very devastating and dark day for the community of Hayward,” Koller said.

Police: Suspect had gang ties

The police chief didn’t specify what charges Estrada would face.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had legal representation.

Urban said Estrada was not cooperating with investigators and “is associated with a gang,” but she added that he was “not a validated gang member.”

He has no known previous criminal record, she said.

 

 

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6 comments

  • Garydcleary

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  • Chris

    Meh… It’s hard for me to sit here and empathize for a police officer killed in the line of duty. After all of the officer involved shootings, the ones that are big media, and the ones you’ve never even heard about. I think most people have because desensitized to this crap.

      • First Amendment

        In Mexico when I used to visit the TV shows all sucked, sex sex sex and stupid stupid stupid! The cops were currupt and the Federaleez were like the Gestapo! Basically in Mexico the police have no authority because everyone thinks they are currupt. There is a Civil War going on on Mexico ! It’s not unusual for cops getting killed by the dozen! Why do you think Mexicans are running across the broader with only the shirt on their back! In the USA today TV sucks it’s all sex sex sex stupid stupid stupid and well the police are looking more and more currupt. It’s not their fault this country is full of PSYCHOPATHIC KILLERS but they still have a chance especially the DOJ of cleaning up the corruption so we don’t end up like Mexico in a Civil War!