48-year-old father of two, Sgt. Scott Lunger, was gunned down by a suspect early this morning in Hayward, California.
Hayward police say the shooting happened after Sgt. Lunger stopped a Chevy pickup truck, driving erratically just after 3 a.m.
A second officer, who was also at the scene, returned fire and the suspect fled. Police say a white pickup truck, believed to be the suspect’s vehicle, was later recovered in Oakland and was reportedly riddled with bullet holes.
Lunger, who was with the department for 15 years, was described as a “well-respected and accomplished police sergeant who loved his job and did it eagerly,” according to KTVU.
In a press conference today Captain Mark Koller said, “The department is devastated, but we are pulling together and we will get through this.”
Police said they’re speaking with a person of interest but would not elaborate. They did say however the suspect was not a threat to the community.
A Lieutenant with the department told reporters in an early morning press conference today, “This is a devastating incident for us to investigate. No officer comes to work wanting to be involved in something like that. They’re difficult for those involved, they’re difficult for the families, they’re difficult for the communities.”