OAKLAND – A security guard who was shot dead during an attempted robbery while accompanying a KRON-TV Channel 4 press team has died of his injuries, authorities said.
The guard, Kevin Nishita, was a former police officer who was hired by security firm Star Protection Agency to protect a news crew as they reported on a recent crime in downtown Oakland.
Nishita died Saturday morning at Highland Hospital and was taken to the Alameda County Coroner’s office in a motorcade that included police officers from San Jose, Hayward and Colma, where he had previously worked as an officer, authorities said. . He began his law enforcement career with the Oakland Housing Authority Police Department.
âI am deeply saddened by the passing of former OHA agent Kevin Nishita; he was a very kind person who sought to make communities not only safer but happier for everyone, âsaid Carel Duplessis, head of the department, in a statement. “He will be missed by me and by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
On Wednesday, the KRON4 press team was covering a robbery at a clothing store in the 300 block of 14th Street in Oakland when an assailant attempted to steal the station’s photographic equipment.
Nishita was shot dead in the subsequent attempted robbery, suffering from a lower abdomen injury. He succumbed to his injuries at 4:39 a.m. on Saturday, authorities said.
Oakland Police are investigating the shooting that led to Nishita’s death and released a surveillance photo of a vehicle on Saturday morning that investigators believe the suspect was driving. The vehicle is a white Acura TL between 2004 and 2008, without a front license plate.
This is the 126th death this year that Oakland Police are investigating a homicide.
Several Bay Area law enforcement agencies issued statements on Saturday acknowledging Nishita’s police career.
“His infectious smile, his passion for serving others and his unmatched work ethic embodied the best of all of us,” said San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata. Nishita was employed by the city police department from 2001 to 2012.
âAs a patrol officer, gang detective, and as a person, Kevin has shown bravery, kindness and dedication in helping to make San Jose a better place for everyone,â added Mata.
Michael Cannon, who employed Nishita for contract work at a Southern California-based security firm, remembered him as a dedicated caretaker who was deeply committed to protecting other members of the community.
âHe was a selfless man,â Cannon said in an interview. âKevin is the kind of guy who, if you had a last minute assignment, you would call Kevin and he would say, ‘What time? And he would be there.
Nishita leaves behind a wife, two children and two grandchildren.
A reward of $ 32,500 was offered to anyone with information about the shooting, police said. The department, KRON4, its parent company Nexstar Media Inc. and Star Protection Agency all contributed towards the award amount.
Bay Area reporters have already faced crime while on a mission. On November 23, a television crew for NBC Bay Area was stolen while covering a public announcement by the San Francisco District Attorney.
And earlier this year, a television crew’s interview with Oakland Police was interrupted by two suspects attempting to steal their cameras at gunpoint, though that attempted theft was foiled by the team’s private security guard who drew his own gun and drove the attackers away.
Texas-based El Dorado Insurance, which has an office in Bakersfield, reported a year ago that security firms had seen “a surprising increase in demand” from news agencies to send reporters in. the street with valuable equipment.
On Saturday, several reporters from Bay Area-based television news stations said they were mourning Nishita’s death as a community.
“We are devastated by the loss of the security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,” KRON4, its vice president and general manager, Jim Rose, said in a statement. âOur deepest condolences go out to Kevin’s wife, children, family and all of his friends and colleagues. This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so that they can be brought to justice for this terrible tragedy. “
Frank Pine, editor of the Bay Area News Group, in a statement: âWe are truly sorry to hear of the passing of Kevin Nishita, and we offer our sincere condolences to Nishita’s family, the Star Protection Agency and KRON -TV Channel 4. “
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– Omar PÃ©rez (@omarpereztv) November 27, 2021
It is despicable what happened and how disregard for human life has allowed our homicide rate to increase to 126 ytdâ¦ https://t.co/qYC2eE7f46
– Board Member Loren Taylor (@lorenmtaylor) November 27, 2021