Oakland police on Thursday asked for the public's help in solving the slaying of a man who was fatally shot while he was protecting his wife during a home invasion robbery a year ago.
Police said Hoan Lieu, 51, was at his home in the 4100 block of Carrington Street in East Oakland with his family at about 9:40 p.m. on May 22, 2018, when three masked suspects forced entry into the home and one of them fatally shot him.
No one else was injured in the shooting.
Male suspects between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6 with thin builds and who were wearing masks are thought to have shot Lieu, police said.
Officers said one of the suspects was armed with a handgun that hasn't been recovered.
The suspects' vehicle is described by police as a newer SUV or crossover, possibly silver in color.
The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward up to a $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Police said in a statement, "Someone from the neighborhood or community may have seen the vehicle and or the suspects before, during or after the crime. No detail or piece of information is too small."
They said, "It may be the next step in solving this case and bringing closure to the family and community."
Oakland police said anyone with information about the case should call Sgt. Yun Zhou at (510) 774-5390 or the FBI's San Francisco office at (415) 553-7400.
Lieu's brother Chris Lieu wrote on a GoFundMe website last year that Lieu, who he said was known as "Harry" to his friends, had been single for a long time but finally got married to a woman named Kat several years ago and she was expecting a baby boy last August to be named Benjamin.
Chris Lieu said a detective told him that "my brother gave his life to protect Kat and their unborn baby from would-be robbers." He said, "Kat and Benjamin are unharmed because of him. Harry died a hero."
The website, seeks funds to support Hoan Lieu's family and had raised $60,913 of its $100,000 goal as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.