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Mark Estrada Sentenced to at least 50 years for Killing of Hayward Cop

Hayward Police Department

by ECT

Today, Sergeant Scott Lunger’s killer was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.

After almost seven years, this moment has finally arrived. And while we have long waited for this resolution, there is still a heaviness we carry, a loss we feel… A loss we will always feel.

Scott was an incredible leader within our organization, a beloved son, and an adored father, brother, uncle, and friend. We still miss him terribly and will keep Scott’s memory alive as we continue learning how to live without him.

Our hope… Our hope is that this sentencing can bring a sense of closure to Scott’s family, to the members of the Hayward Police Department, and to the community as a whole.

Our promise… We promise to continue to serve our community with the same vigor, dedication, and compassion that we all swore an oath to when we began our careers in public safety.

We want to thank the detectives who spent countless hours on this investigation and made sure every investigative piece of this case was complete.

We also want to thank the several other involved agencies and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office for their diligent work to ensure justice was served.

Furthermore, want to send a special thank you to the community that we serve. Your unyielding support has been a comfort to us all during this extremely difficult time.

Chief Toney Chaplin shared some of his thoughts after today’s proceedings and said, “We will never forget Scott, his dedicated service, his love for the members of this organization, and the passionate, professional manner in which he approached police work. It is my sincere hope that today’s sentencing will serve as another step in the healing process and a moment of closure for Scott’s family, the members of this organization, and this community.”

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End of Watch: 07-22-2015

DA Says Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger

Alameda County District Attorney announces resolution in case of defendant Mark Estrada, who killed Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger

OAKLAND, CA — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announces that today, Defendant Mark Estrada was convicted of Murder, a violation of Penal Code Section 187, in the First Degree for the death of Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger on July 22, 2015.

In addition, Defendant Estrada admitted to the use of the firearm that murdered Sgt. Lunger. He faces 50 years to life in prison. Sentencing is expected to occur on March 18 before Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay.

“We are pleased that the defendant has been held accountable for the violent murder of Hayward Police Sergeant Scott Lunger,” said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. “Sergeant Lunger’s tragic death shook the Hayward Police Department and community. Police officers put themselves in harm’s way every day while working to keep our communities safe. It is imperative that we diligently pursue convictions and appropriate sentences for those who injure or kill police officers in the line of duty. We hope that this conviction and his sentencing will bring a sense of closure and justice for Sergeant Lunger’s family, friends, his law enforcement colleagues and the community.”

On July 22, 2015 just after 3 a.m., Sgt. Lunger was on patrol in Hayward when he saw a Chevy Silverado truck driving erratically near Myrtle and Lion streets. He decided to stop the truck.

Before Sgt. Lunger approached the vehicle, another officer arrived as backup. As Sgt. Lunger approached the truck, Estrada fired three shots, striking Sgt. Lunger in the head and leg. The other officer returned fire as Estrada fled in the truck. Estrada was arrested later the same day. Sgt. Lunger was a father of two daughters and had been on the force for 15 years.

Today’s plea agreement was entered one week before opening statements in the case were set to begin. The case was in trial in 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic struck, resulting in a mistrial.

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