Acting Chief Mark Knoller, of the Hayward Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Sergeant Scott Lunger.

Sergeant Lunger, 48, was shot and killed during a traffic stop after stopping a white GMC pick up truck for being driven in a reckless manner (performing “donuts” in a parking lot). As Sergeant Lunger was approaching the truck, the driver opened fire, striking him several times. Sergeant Lunger’s partner returned fire as the driver fled the scene of the shooting in the pick up.

Sergeant Lunger was transported to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley in grave condition where he later died.

The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later in the city of Oakland. The truck was left running at an intersection and the driver’s door was riddled with bullet holes. The interior of the truck was bloody and a firearm was also located in the truck. The suspect identifed as Mark Estrada, was located and arrested following medical treatment. Apparently Estrada had checked himself into a San Leandro Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Sergeant Lunger served the Hayward Police Department for 15 years. He was a member of the Department’s SWAT team and assigned to the Gang Unit in additon to his Patrol Supervision duties. He is survived by two college aged daughters.

Sergeant Scott Lunger-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

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