At approximately 12:30 p.m. on afternoon, Kevin Nishita was helping to guard a KRON4 news crew reporting on crime, when he became a victim of one himself.
Nishita was working with a local reporter on 14th street near Harrison in Oakland, when suddenly a man attempted to steal the reporter’s camera.
When Nishita intervened, he was shot by the robber.
On morning, he succumbed to his injuries.
“Kevin was kind. He was caring, compassionate, and most importantly very, very honorary,” said Commander Sherwin Lum.
Lum works with the Colma Police Department, one of several law enforcement agencies that Nishita worked with around the Bay Area.
He says Nishita was a model police officer, working to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.
But beyond being just a former colleague, Lum tells me Nishita was also his friend, and that his shocking death has hit his family hard.
“Not too well. It’s a very difficult time for them. They’re very distraught,” Lum said.
The suspect, who is believed to have been driving a white 2004-2008 Acura TL, escaped following the shooting.
The Oakland Police Department is investigating the incident, and a reward of up to $32,500 is being offered leading up to the arrest of the suspect.
But until that time comes, Commander Lum says it’s important to honor Sergeant Nishita’s memory.
“It’s about being kind to one another, and just stopping the violence. It just needs to stop,” Lum said.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help support Nishita’s family.
Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering a $32,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.