FBI identifies federal officer killed during George Floyd protests in Oakland

A man kneels in front of a police skirmish line in Oakland California on May 29, 2020.
A man kneels in front of a police skirmish line in Oakland California on May 29, 2020. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Authorities on Sunday identified the man killed during a George Floyd-inspired protest in California last week as a 53-year-old contract federal officer.
Dave Patrick Underwood, who worked for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service, died Friday night in downtown Oakland after an unknown shooter opened fire from a vehicle, authorities said.
A second officer who was shot during the incident was seriously wounded but was expected to recover.
“The FBI extends our deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and requests that their privacy is respected during this difficult time,” the agency’s San Francisco division said in a statement.
No arrests have been made, but the investigation is ongoing.
Underwood lived in Pinole, about 20 miles north of San Francisco, and was described by friends and family as a kind, humble and compassionate man “whose smile would light up a room,” local station ABC-7 reported.
The shooting took place at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building during a night of protests against police brutality in the wake of Floyd’s in-custody death in Minneapolis.
Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Floyd’s “tragic and wrongful killing” last Monday does not legitimize violence.
“When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate — that is an act of domestic terrorism,” he tweeted on Saturday.

Authorities urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the FBI.

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