2 arrested in fatal shooting of security guard who protected news crew in Oakland

Kevin Nishita

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of an Asian American security guard who was working with a news crew in Oakland, California, on Nov. 24.

The incident: Kevin Nishita, a former police officer, was protecting a KRON4 news crew reporting on theft at a clothing store on the 300 block of 14th Street. He was shot by someone who tried to steal the crew’s camera equipment.

  • Nishita was taken to Highland Hospital and died from his injuries three days later. He leaves a wife, two children and three grandchildren.
  • Nishita was employed by Star Protection Agency at the time of his death. He previously worked with the Hayward Police, the San Jose Police and Colma Police Departments and the Oakland Housing Authority.
  • The Oakland Police Department previously offered up to $32,500 for details that could help with arrests.
The suspects’ vehicle, a white 2004-2008 Acura TL sedan. Image via Oakland Police Department

The suspects: On Wednesday, KRON4 confirmed that two individuals connected to the case were arrested. A third suspect is still being sought.

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  • Oakland police announced the recovery of the suspects’ getaway vehicle, a white 2004-2008 Acura TL sedan, on Dec. 6. The initial reward for details about the arrest was also increased to $38,500.
  • Police did not identify the two suspects in custody since the investigation is still ongoing. The authorities allegedly know the identity of the third suspect.
  • The arrested suspects, however, were taken in on unrelated charges, and a homicide arrest is still pending.
  • “We continue to work on the case and work with the district attorney’s office on charging,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong said, according to CBS San Francisco. “We feel strongly that we have identified a third suspect as well that we are seeking right now with the help of our law enforcement partners. We are closing in on this investigation.”

A GoFundMe was created for Nishita’s family, as NextShark previously reported. It has raised more than $52,000 as of this writing. 

Featured Image via Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

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