A news security guard shot by a robber in Oakland, California on April 20 has died of the injuries he sustained. The incident was caught on video and posted to YouTube where it gathered over 200,000 views.
OAKLAND, Calif. (CBS SF) – Police published a surveillance picture of a suspect car in the shooting hours after word broke that a popular security guard who was wounded while working with a local TV news station documenting a recent burglary in downtown Oakland had died.
Kevin Nishita, the guard, died of his injuries early Saturday morning, according to KPIX. Nishita has previously acted as a bodyguard for KPIX news teams.
“It is with great regret that I inform you that security guard Kevin Nishita has died,” Mark Neerman, vice president of news and news director at KPIX, stated. “He died defending one of our own, a colleague who was reporting on the violence that claimed his life. I’m sure you’ll join me in expressing condolences to his family and thanking Kevin for standing up for all of us.”
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Nishita was wounded while serving as a security guard for a KRON television news team on Monday night, as they were reporting on a recent smash-and-grab burglary at the apparel shop Prime 356.
Oakland police homicide detectives published a surveillance picture of a car they suspect was involved in the attempted robbery in which Nishita was fatally shot.
The suspect car, according to police, is a white 4-door Acura TL with a sunroof and no front license plate from 2004 to 2008.
In the deadly shooting of an Oakland security guard, a suspect car has been identified (OPD)
He is survived by his wife, two children, and three grandkids. He was a former police officer who worked for the Star Protection Agency California, situated in Oakland.
From 2001 through 2012, Nishita worked as a police officer in San José. He served as a gang investigations investigator as well as in the gaming/vice section throughout his tenure there.
“The death of former Colma Police Department Sergeant Kevin Nishita has left us devastated and in sadness. Kevin served with the San José Police Department for eleven years, proudly donning the San José Police patch,” stated San José Police Chief Anthony Mata. “His infectious grin, outstanding work ethic, and enthusiasm for serving others exemplified the best in all of us.” Kevin exemplified courage, generosity, and devotion as a patrol officer, gang detective, and as a person, all while trying to make San José a better place for everyone.”
Nishita has previously served as a police officer for the Oakland Housing Authority, as well as the police departments of San Jose, Hayward, and Colma, according to the security firm’s news release.
According to the press release, “he earned the respect and appreciation of his colleagues and the communities in which he served.”
On social media, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office also paid respect to Nishita.
Kevin Nishita, a former police officer who served our Bay Area community honorably, has passed away. When he was senselessly slain, he was protecting/guarding a local TV team. We escorted his corpse out the hospital today with full police honors. picture twitter.com/ZbKRn7J732
November 27, 2021 — Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs)
A homage was also placed on the Colma Police Department’s Twitter account.
We regret to inform you that retired Sergeant Kevin Nishita has passed away. Kevin was shot while working as an armed guard in Oakland on November 24, 21. He was brought to a nearby hospital for treatment, but he died this morning as a result of his injuries. pic.twitter.com/ut1jKx4tyi
November 27, 2021 — Colma Police Department (@ColmaPD)
On Twitter, the San Francisco Police Department also paid homage.
Kevin Nishita, a former police officer who was tragically shot and murdered while defending a @kron4news crew, has our hearts. Kevin Nishita, thank you for your service; you will not be forgotten. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/lnFk345Iee
November 28, 2021 — San Francisco Police Department (@SFPD)
KPIX talked with two eyewitnesses who did not want to be interviewed on camera but observed the shooting on Wednesday.
An armed robbery gang approached the television crew and ordered the news crew and their security to get on the ground, according to witnesses. Witnesses claim that bullets were fired shortly afterwards, and the guard was injured.
The gunshot struck the guard in the stomach, according to authorities. Before the gunmen departed the area, no additional injuries were recorded.
The Oakland Police Department issued a video update on social media on Wednesday afternoon, stating that they had shared incident information with local media “to ensure they are informed and can take the required measures.”
The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for the deadly shooting and attempted robbery has climbed to $27,500 thanks to Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department.
The matter is still being investigated by the police. Anyone with information can call the Oakland Police Department’s murder department at (510) 238-3821.