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Monday, August 4, 2008

[CA] Oakland Police Lt. Derrick Norfleet took his own life at home

Lt. Derrick Norfleet died July 30 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Shock, grief over Oakland lieutenant's death
Police News, CA
The Oakland Tribune
By Harry Harris
August 01, 2008
[Excerpts] Current and former members of the Oakland Police Department, relatives and friends are mourning the loss of popular and respected Lt. Derrick Norfleet, who died Wednesday at his Vallejo home from what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Officers of all ranks wore black bands over their badges, and many broke into tears upon hearing the news. Retired officers from all over the country called the department and Norfleet's relatives to express their condolences... Chief of Police Wayne Tucker, who promoted Norfleet, said Thursday his death "is a shock to the department and the citizens of Oakland. He was valuable member of our team and will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts will be with his family"... He was a longtime member and past president of the Oakland Black Officers Association. He also helped coordinate many OBOA community-oriented activities, such as taking seniors on Christmas shopping trips... [Full article here]

Oakland Police Officer Kills Self At Vallejo Home
CBS 5 CrimeWatch
August 01, 2008
...Police spokesman Sgt. Roland Holmgren said in a statement, "The Oakland Police Department along with many friends and family members suffered an extreme loss" with the death of Norfleet... "Lt. Norfleet's ever-present smile will be missed by many, especially the family he left behind"... [Full article here]

Funeral services set for Oakland lieutenant
Contra Costa Times, CA
Funeral services have been set for Oakland police Lt. Derrick Norfleet, who committed suicide Wednesday at his Vallejo home. Norfleet, 45, a popular and respected commander who joined the department in 1985, shot himself to death, authorities have said. A viewing will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Skyview Memorial Lawn, 250 Rollingwood Drive, Vallejo. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Scottish Rite Temple, 1547 Lakeside Dr., Oakland. Burial will follow at Skyview Memorial Lawn. [Source]

Article from last year:

Record 22 Oakland police officers promoted
Oakland Tribune
by Harry Harris
Mar 3, 2007
[Excerpts] Twenty-two Oakland police officers - the largest number in recent memory - were promoted Friday by Chief Wayne Tucker, who hailed them as among "the best we have in the city and in this police department"... The new lieutenants include Brian Medeiros; Kirt Mullnix, whose wife, Nancy, is a Contra Costa County sheriff's sergeant; Demetrio A. Lozares II, whose wife, Raquel, is a retired Fremont police officer; and Derrick D. Norfleet, whose wife, Vijay, works in the police records section... [Full article here]


  1. This is unreal. He was such a nice man and a good friend to me and my family. To the family of Derrick, we send our love.

    Rae Jones and Steven Wesley

  2. It is Nov. 2010 and I still miss him. What a GREAT friend. Susanlyn


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