A 21-year-old man accused of fatally shooting a Hayward police sergeant during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning has been booked into Alameda County Jail and is tentatively scheduled for arraignment Friday, according to jail records.
Mark Estrada, an Oakland resident, was booked on suspicion of murder shortly before 9 p.m. today into Santa Rita Jail and is scheduled for arraignment at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hayward Hall of Justice, according to jail records.
Estrada is accused of killing Hayward police Sgt. Scott Lunger, 48, during a traffic stop near Myrtle and Lion streets around 3:15 a.m. Wednesday.
Lunger, a 15-year veteran of the department, was shot without warning as he approached the driver's side of a truck that he and another officer had pulled over for driving erratically, police said.
The other officer returned fire at the truck but Estrada managed to flee, according to police.
Estrada allegedly abandoned his truck in East Oakland and ended up at Highland Hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. Lunger was taken to Eden Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Estrada's attorney, Richard Pointer, on Thursday released the following statement from the suspect's family: "They ask that no judgement be passed until the entire case is before a court of law."
Hayward police on Thursday also released surveillance video and are asking for the public's help in identifying a light-colored, four-door sedan with chrome rims seen near Estrada's home in East Oakland early Wednesday morning after the shooting.
Authorities said they hope releasing the video will lead to answers in the officer’s killing.
"Either it fits in the puzzle in the case or we eliminate and we move on to the next thing," Hayward Police Sgt. Ryan Cantrell said.
Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Hayward police at 510-293-7034.
Hayward police also said the funeral service for Lunger is scheduled for next Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Neighborhood Church at 20600 John Drive in Castro Valley.