Forty-year old Mark Dunakin, who lived in Tracy with his wife and three children, was the first officer shot to death by the gunman. Dunakin was one of two motorcycle patrolmen who confronted the suspect during a traffic stop. Retired Bay-area police officer and current Tracy city councilman Steve Abercrombie knew officer Dunakin. Abercrombie says Dunakin loved his job.
“He enjoyed it very much. He just enjoyed being a family man. You could tell that that was one of his passions. Mark was a good Christian man too. He was active in his church.”
Abercrombie visited officer Dunakin’s family on Sunday. He said the officer's father was so distraught he had to be hospitalized. The Councilman says he expects representatives from police departments from throughout California and across the country to attend memorial services for the fallen officers.