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2020 shooting of Oakland police officers

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2020 shootings of Oakland police officers
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TargetFederal Protective Service officers
Attack type
Drive-by shooting
Non-fatal injuries

On May 30, 2020, two Federal Protective Service officers were shot in Oakland, California by an unknown assailant from a car, resulting in the death of one of the officers and the wounding of the other. The officers were targeted while they were on patrol outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in the city's downtown, during the George Floyd protests in California. David Patrick Underwood, a 53-year-old officer, was fatally shot and died of gunshot wounds, while another officer was critically wounded.[1] At the time of the shooting, Underwood was providing security at the courthouse during a protest.[2]

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the act as possible domestic terrorism.


In Oakland, during the George Floyd protests, an unknown gunman opened fire from a car against Federal Protective Service officers outside a federal courthouse.[3] The vehicle had approached the building around 9:45pm and an individual inside of the vehicle opened fire at the officers standing outside the building, killing one and wounding another.[4]


The FBI is investigating but had not yet identified a motive or a suspect as of May 31.[5] Although initially the police were not sure that the shooting was connected to the protests, on June 2, investigators stated they now believed the attackers were targeting uniformed officers, but who carried out the attack is not clear so far.[6]

Authorities believe the shooting may be linked to a June 6 shooting and bombing involving Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department officers in Ben Lomond, California, which killed one officer and wounded two others. A 32-year-old suspect, an Air Force sergeant who was armed with a rifle and improvised explosive devices, was wounded and arrested in connection with that attack.[7][8]


Ken Cuccinelli, deputy secretary of Homeland Security, suggested the attack was possibly part of a pattern and that the department is aware of threats against other police stations and federal buildings and said that “When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism".[9]

Governor Gavin Newsom expressed condolences to Underwood's family and highlighted the pain in the state and nation, but warned that no one should rush to connect the attack on the officers with the protests that night.[4]

Underwood's sister, Angela Underwood Jacobs, a Republican candidate filling a vacant district in California, issued a statement that highlighted the work her brother had done and called for the violence seen in the protests to stop.[3]

See also[edit]

  • 2009 shootings of Oakland police officers


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  2. "Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest". Associated Press. 2020-06-02. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nguyen, Daisy (June 1, 2020). "Officer killed near California protest identified; Ohio cop shooting was 'intentional', chief says". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Update: Security Officers Gunned Down At Oakland Federal Building; DHS Official Calls Gunman 'An Assassin'". CBS SF BayArea. 2020-05-30. Retrieved 2020-06-07. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Debolt, David (June 1, 2020). "Federal Protection Services officer killed in Oakland drive-by shooting identified". The Mercury News. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
  6. "As Anti-Violence Protests Continue, Oakland Police Call for Information on Officers' Shooting". KQED.
  7. "Air Force sergeant arrested in ambush of Santa Cruz deputy; link to Oakland shooting eyed". San Francisco Chronicle. June 7, 2020.
  8. "FBI probes possible link between Air Force sergeant suspected in ambush killing of CA deputy and officer's murder". ABC News. June 7, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  9. Federal security guard killed in Oakland identified as Pinole man

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