A highly unusual development in last week’s fatal shooting of undercover Oakland police officer Tuan Le, as the mother of the man accused of pulling the trigger has been arrested as an accessory to the crime.
The Oakland Police Department did a pretty quick job on arresting three suspects a few days after December 29 shooting and murder of undercover Oakland police officer Tuan Le, who was responding to the robbery of a cannabis dispensary in Oakland. (TO fourth suspect was arrested Wednesday night). And it’s 27-year-old Mark Demetrious Sanders of Stockton who is accused of firing the shots that killed officer Leso Sanders faces murder charges, although accused accomplices Allen Starr Brown (28), Marquise Cooper (34) and Sebron Russell (30) are also charged with murder and/or robbery.
We now know the names of the 3 suspects charged with the murder of OPD Officer Tuan Le.
Allen Brown (black and white)
Sebron Russell (black hoodie)
Mark Sanders (gray shirt)
All three will appear in court for the first time this morning. stay with @KPIXtv for the last one. pic.twitter.com/efsDxeZ3vn
—Katie Nielsen (@KatieKPIX) January 4, 2024
But on Thursday an unusual twist emerged. The Bay Area News Group reports that the mother of accused shooter Sanders was also arrested on charges that she was an accomplice after the event. His mother, Felicia Williams, 48, was arrested Thursday afternoon for her role in trying to protect her son from prosecution.
– Nate Gartrell (@NateGartrell) January 5, 2024
According to News Group, Sanders’ mother is accused of trying to help Sanders leave the state right after the shooting and trying to destroy evidence. Police have not revealed exactly what that evidence was. Additionally, Williams has not yet been formally charged, only booked, although her arraignment is scheduled for Monday, January 8.
As we learned when alleged shooter Sanders was arrested, he also had not previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the 2014 fatal shooting of 18-year-old Marcellus Perry in East Oakland. Sanders was only 17 years old when he committed that murder, which may have influenced him to only serve five years of a ten-year sentence.
Additionally, Sanders, Cooper and Russell were still on probation for a 2021 residential burglary conviction in which they broke into a Pittsburg home to steal cannabis plants and there appeared to be a gun in their vehicle when they did the job.
A traditional Buddhist ceremony was held Friday to honor Oakland police officer Tuan Le, who was shot and killed in the line of duty a week ago. He was remembered for his ability to bridge the gap between police and community members. https://t.co/mWn1yQnrC3
– San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) January 5, 2024
As for the late Officer Le, the Chronicle reports that there was a traditional buddhist memorial ceremony for him on Friday in Oakland’s Chinatown. Le’s official law enforcement “End of Watch” memorial service, which is public, is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 10 in Castro Valley.
The official law enforcement memorial service for Oakland Police Officer Tuan Le will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 10:00 a.m.
Church of the 3 Crosses – 20600 John Drive. Castro Valley, Ca. pic.twitter.com/OWRkxQTjSO
— Oakland Police Department (@oaklandpoliceca) January 5, 2024