Posted On: March 24, 2009 by Steven J. Malman

Four Police Officers Die from Fatal Work Injuries Caused by Weekend Gunbattle

Police are mourning the loss of their own, as the officer death toll from a Saturday gunbattle claimed a fourth life. Officer John Hege was pronounced brain dead on Sunday.

Hege, 41, was among the cops that were critically injured during a shootout with a suspect. The men were wounded on Saturday afternoon when they tried to apprehend a car during a routine traffic stop.

Soon after, 911 dispatchers were told that two cops—Hege and Dunakin—had had been shot. Police began a manhunt to look for the shooter and an anonymous tipster directed them to a nearby building.

Other officers killed in Saturday’s incident were 40-year-old Sgt. Mark Dunakin, 43-year-old Sgt. Ervin Romans, and 35-year-old Sgt. Daniel Sakai. A fifth officer was grazed by a bullet and was released from the hospital.

The gunman shot at police and that is when Sakai and Romans were killed. The suspect, 26-year-old Lovelle Mixon, was also shot to death. On Monday, police said that Mixon was a primary suspect in a sexual assault case.

Law enforcement injuries can be serious injuries. Police officers are supposed to deal with dangerous situations and armed suspects, which can place their lives at risk. Sometimes, a police officer may also sustain a work injury in more "normal" incidents, such as slip and fall accidents. A police officer also might sustain a dog bite when going to a residence to respond to a call.

Regardless of the cause of the work injury, police officers and their families are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Injured California officer is declared brain dead, Boston.com/AP, March 23, 2009

Fourth Oakland police officer dies after weekend shooting, CNN.com, March 24, 2009


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In Lake County, Will County, Cook County, and DuPage County, contact the Law Offices of Steven J Malman & Associates, PC today to request your free consultation with one of our experienced Chicago workers' compensation lawyers.

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