A third suspect has been apprehended in connection with the murder of retired Bay Area police officer Kevin Nishita

A third individual has been captured in relation to the fatal shooting of retired Bay Area police officer Kevin Nishita. Laron Gilbert was apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 17. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday that authorities were able to arrange for Gilbert’s extradition back to the Bay Area. He was subsequently booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon. Kevin Nishita was shot and killed in November 2021 while providing security for a TV news crew in Oakland. The incident occurred when a car with three occupants pulled up, and two of them attempted to rob the news crew.

One of the individuals shot Kevin, leading to his death a few days later in the hospital. On Tuesday, the primary investigator in the homicide case indicated that they believe Laron Gilbert was the driver of the car involved in the incident. Shadihia Mitchell and Herschel Hale, the other two suspects, were arrested by the police in 2021, while Gilbert remained elusive until his arrest in Kansas City, Missouri. The lead investigator, OPD Sgt. Nicole Allen, emphasized the relentless pursuit of suspects, spanning locations like Missouri, New York, and San Leandro.

During the announcement, Kevin’s widow, Virginia, expressed gratitude, stating, “I just want to say thank you from Kevin, my family, and myself. Thank you to the Oakland Police Department, the U.S. Marshals, and all of the law enforcement agencies that were involved with this capture. Thank you to the community in Oakland and elsewhere that helped, and thank you to the media as well for keeping it alive.” All three suspects now face murder charges.

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