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Day before Oakland shooting rampage, gunman was linked to rape case [UPDATED]

March 24, 2009 |  8:17 am

A day before a parolee killed four Oakland police officers, detectives in the city matched the man's DNA to an unsolved rape case, authorities said.

An Oakland police spokesman said the sexual assault occurred a year ago and that detectives learned Friday that Lovelle Mixon's DNA matched evidence taken from that crime scene.

On Saturday, Mixon, 26, was pulled over by two officers during a routine traffic stop. He opened fire on the officers, killing them and later fatally wounding two SWAT officers who stormed the apartment in which he was hiding.

Mixon had spent much of the last decade in and out of prison. Until last November, had served a nine-month sentence for violating the terms of his parole.

Mixon had previously served a six-year state prison sentence for assault with a firearm. He was also a suspect in a murder in Alameda County, but prosecutors did not have enough evidence to charge him in the case.

It's unclear whether the officers who pulled over Mixon knew about the DNA match. Mixon died in the shootout with SWAT officers.

UPDATED, 8:26 a.m.: The fourth Oakland police officer shot during Saturday's rampage was taken off of life support, according to the hospital. Officer John Hege was being kept alive so his organs could be donated.

-- Richard Winton

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