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California sheriff’s office recruit, set to graduate next month, dies in freeway shooting

The recruit at the Northern California sheriff’s office was killed Tuesday in a highway shooting as he was driving home from work, officials said.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday identified the recruit as David V. Nguyen, a member of the 172nd Academy Class.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the recruit was on westbound Interstate 580 from the Oakland toll plaza to the Bay Bridge at around 4:30 p.m. when someone pointed a gun at his personal vehicle, causing him to crash Gone.

According to the California Highway Patrol, he was the only person in the vehicle.

The agency said the recruit was taken to a hospital, where he died.

NBC Bay Area reported that Nguyen was set to graduate from the academy in February and begin his new career in law enforcement.

“He was young, smart, strong, brave and everything a good law enforcement officer was looking for,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement sharing photos of Nguyen.

Her grieving sister Barbara Nguyen told NBC Bay Area that she was in disbelief when she received the news.

“When I got a call from the deputy about my brother’s passing, I thought they were joking,” she told the outlet. “He was only able to enter the academy through resilience and hard work, and I am very proud of him.”

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Shared by Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Video Deputies saluting the body of a young recruit in a law enforcement procession from Highland Hospital to the Coroner’s Bureau. Nguyen’s parents, sister and girlfriend attended the emotional ceremony.

“It arrived at home today, they have to call his parents and tell them he’s not coming,” Sgt. NBC Bay Area reported that J.D. Nelson called about telling the recruit’s family about her death by the Alameda County coroner. “Very hard day.”

The California Highway Patrol will lead the investigation.

No arrests have been made and no details of a suspect have been shared. The motive for the shooting is not clear.

“This appears to be another senseless act of gun violence on a Bay Area freeway,” Lieutenant Ray Kelly, the public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.

The killing follows a November freeway shooting near the Bay Bridge in the same area that killed Antioch’s Amani Morris. In that case, someone shot in the car she was in, killing her in front of her children and fiancé, NBC Bay Area reported at the time.

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