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Thousands expected at Oakland officers' funeral services

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officials from around the country and Canada are expected to attend this morning's funeral services in Oakland to honor four slain officers.

Oakland police say they are overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of support in the wake of the deaths.

Together, Mark Dunakin, John Hege, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai had a half-century's experience in the department.

Authorities say the officers, three of whom were sergeants, were gunned down by a parolee evading a traffic stop Saturday. The 26-year-old parolee also died in a hail of bullets.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Attorney General Jerry Brown are among those expected to speak during the service at Oracle Arena. The playing of bagpipes, a 21-gun salute with a military cannon and flyovers will follow.

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