The Oakland Tribune of March 23, 2009 quotes the family of Lovelle Mixon, 26, the man who shot & killed 4 Oakland Police Officers as saying he “planned to do better and wanted to meet the requirements mandated by his 2nd time on parole”.
Mixon’s widow, 25 year old Amara Langston, said “he was trying to make himself a better person” and that “he realized his mistakes and that what he was doing was wrong”.
It was Mixon’s second time on parole since he was first sentenced to serve 6 years in prison in October of 2002 for assault with a firearm in San Francisco.
Mixon was released after serving 5 years, but after just 2 months he was listed as a person of interest in the shooting death of 42 year old Ramon Stevens, murdered on the corner of 86th & East 14th St.
While Oakland Police Detective Lou Cruz said there were no witnesses tying Mixon to the murder, the victim’s sister, Felicia Stevens, whose nephew is Mixon’s cousin, says she knows Mixon killed her brother because there was a witness to the shooting, but the witness was afraid to talk to the police. Stevens also said that she has been told that her brother owed Mixon a $30.00 drug debt and believes his murder was related to the debt.
Police couldn’t charge Mixon with Stevens murder, but they did charge him with 5 parole violations including possession of drug paraphenalia, identity theft, forgery, attempted grand theft, and receiving stolen property.
For those charges Mixon was sent back to prison for 9 months on February 26, 2008 and released on parole for the 2nd time in November 2008.
It was during this time on parole that Mixon, according to his family, wanted to turn his life around. But, his grandmother said his parole officer “stood him up”, he couldn’t find a job, and he became depressed to the point that he was willing to go back to prison just to be assigned to a different parole officer when he was released.
And so, just 3 months after being paroled for the 2nd time Mixon skipped a scheduled meeting with his parole officer which resulted in a “no bail warrant” being issued for his arrest.
However, if Mixon’s desire was to be sent back to prison to be assigned to a new parole officer upon release, why did he open fire on the two Oakland Motorcycle Officers when they pulled him over on March 21, 2009? Why did he not simply put his hands up and surrender? He had to know that a warrant had been issued for his arrest because, according to his grandmother, he intentionally skipped meeting with his parole officer specifically so he would be sent back to prison; and he obviously was illegally in possession of a firearm.
We will someday know why Mixon murdered those 2 motorcycle officers and why he barricaded himself in the apartment of his sister then murdered 2 additional officers when they attempted to apprehend him, but until then we can only pray for the families of the fallen officers and somehow for Mixon’s family as well.