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Police seek help identifying man in connection with Leo Dunson homicide

on June 15, 2011

Surveillance photo of a man sought by the OPD. Photo courtesy OPD.

The Oakland Police Department is asking the public to help identify a man sought in connection with the June 4 murder of 50-year-old Oakland resident Leo Dunson. Dunson died from a single gunshot wound, and according to the police department the motive for the shooting is still under investigation. The incident took place on the 2900 block of High Street near the Maxwell Park area of Oakland.

The OPD has released two photos (shown at left) of a man whom the department considers a suspect in the incident, as well as surveillance videotape showing the man at a gas station convenience store. In one shot the man, who is wearing a black leather jacket, black gloves with a white design on the back, and dark sunglasses appears to be lighting a cigarette while standing near the store’s front counter. In another shot, he is seen exiting the store while continuing to smoke his cigarette.

The OPD has made this videotape available here.

A second shot captured by the convenience store surveillance tape. Photo courtesy OPD.

The suspect is described by the OPD as an African-American male, age 30-35, approximately 5’9″ tall and weighing 170 pounds. According to the OPD, he has long dreadlocks with red tips.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPD’s Homicide Section at (510) 238-3821.


  1. brit brit on June 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Y’all didn’t mention the $10,000 reward. Lets not forget that.

  2. Leandralynn Dunson on December 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

    damn im so mad right now smh my name is LeLe Dunson Leo is my father and i am begging that someone speaks out as to who this monster is who brutally murdered my dad 🙁

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