HAYWARD (KRON) — A 15-year veteran of the Hayward police department was killed in an early Wednesday morning shootout following a traffic stop.
Sergeant Scott Lunger and another officer pulled over a vehicle at about 3:15 a.m. near the intersection of Myrtle and Lion Streets. Details surrounding the traffic stop are unknown at this time.
Witnesses told KRON 4 News that they heard screeching in the area of the incident before hearing gun shots. Lunger and his partner were reporting to the scene on a call about a vehicle spinning “doughnuts” on the street.
Police said that someone inside the white truck opened fire on the officers as they approached the vehicle. One of the officers returned fire but the truck fled the scene.
Video made available to KRON 4 shows an ambulance and emergency crews working on the victim, confirmed to be Sgt. Lunger. According to police, Sgt. Lunger was a newly appointed Sergeant.
Sgt. Lunger had two daughters in college. His family has been notified in person, according to sources.
Oakland police are investigating a bullet-riddled truck that may be related to the incident. The truck, which matches the suspect vehicle description at the shooting scene, was found about seven miles away on 98th and Edes in Oakland.
A suspect was arrested after checking into a hospital with a gunshot wound.
The Several law enforcement agencies, Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, Hayward Police and the California Highway Patrol are on scene investigating the shooting.
Officers from numerous departments have arrived to pay their respects at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where the slain officer was taken.
Police Lieutenant Eric Krimm says the investigation is ongoing.