Patrick Underwood, a black federal officer, was shot and killed at Oakland, California while he was trying to keep the peace among violent riots.
A Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Underwood's death was related to the riots in Oakland. There was also a second officer injured who is in critical condition.
More on the story from ABC7:
A senior official with the Department of Homeland Security tells ABC News that the shooting is related to the protest over George Floyd’s death. A second FPS officer was wounded and is in critical condition. His identity has not yet been released.
Federal officials say the two were at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building on Clay Street when a vehicle approached just before 10 p.m. Authorities say someone inside the vehicle fired shots at the contract security officers.
Federal officials announced later Saturday afternoon that the officers were watching over the protests when the shooting occurred.
Underwood's death was confirmed by his sister on her Facebook page as well. “My brother, Dave Patrick Underwood, a federal officer, was murdered 5/29/20 in Oakland California, while on duty during the riots. This Violence Must Stop.”
Much of the country continues to respond to the death of George Floyd with violence and looting. Officers across the country are being put to the test as the protesting continues for the sixth consecutive day.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Mr. Underwood.
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