The day before Lovelle Mixon unleashed a barrage of gunfire that killed four Oakland police officers, police learned that DNA evidence had linked the fugitive parolee to an unsolved rape this year, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The possibility that Mixon feared being arrested for rape is a key factor for investigators trying to understand why the 26-year-old man opened fire on two motorcycle officers who pulled him over for a traffic stop Saturday afternoon. The reason for the stop is not known.
Had he been convicted of rape, Mixon could have been looking at a state prison sentence of several years. Given a few more days, investigators could have followed up on the DNA match and might have been able to take Mixon off the streets. In a sentencing report, a San Francisco probation officer wrote that Mixon’s juvenile record was that of a “cold-hearted individual who does not have any regard for human life.” She said state prison was the only way to “to rein in this man’s proclivity for violence.”