Federal officer killed guarding courthouse near protest

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A federal law enforcement officer in California who was shot and killed at the USA courthouse in Oakland during a protest for George Floyd that turned violent has been identified as 53-year-old Patrick Underwood, his family confirmed to Fox News.

San Francisco's office of the FBI said in a statement that an individual inside a vehicle "began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security".

A spokesperson for the Oakland Police Department told KPIX 5 News the killing of the FPS officer is "still under investigation", and that it is unknown whether the incident was related to the protests. Floyd, a black man, was pinned to the ground by a white police officer before dying.

Cellphone video of his arrest outside the business shows Officer Derek Chauvin driving his knee into the Floyd's neck as Floyd pleads that he can't breathe.

Authorities say a vehicle pulled up outside the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at about 9:45 p.m. Friday and someone fired at the officers.

Federal officer killed guarding courthouse near protest
Federal officer killed guarding courthouse near protest

The Federal Protective Service is part of the Department of Homeland Security and is tasked with protecting government buildings.

The identity of the officer has not yet been disclosed.

"There are now threats by some to attack police stations and federal buildings, Cuccinelli said". "That violence not only won't be tolerated, we are also committed to ensuring that it won't succeed anywhere".

According to police, over 7,000 protesters demonstrated Friday night and descended into vandalism, damage to businesses, arson, and assaults on several officers. Some demonstrators smashed windows, set fires and threw objects at officers. "One officer was killed and the other is in critical condition", Wolf said.

"We have to know right from wrong and not use the awful tragedy in Minneapolis to perpetrate more violence." she said "There's never an excuse to shoot and kill a security guard, destroy businesses or injure innocent people".

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