OAKLAND - Lovelle Mixon's relatives say they could tell his frustration was building inside.
After serving the better part of the last decade behind bars, the 26-year-old was free again in November.
He planned to do better, family members said, and he wanted to meet the requirements mandated by his second time on parole.
The only problem is he did not know how.
"He didn't know really where to start,'' said Mixon's wife Amara Langston, 25. "He was trying to make himself a better person and trying to realize his mistakes and what he was doing was wrong."
Mixon tried to abide by the terms of his parole, the family members said, but obstacles continued to block his path.
His parole officer stood-him up when they had planned a meeting, family members said. He couldn't find a job. He was depressed.
"He wasn't being treated right and wanted to get rehabilitated and find a job,'' said Mixon's uncle Curtis Mixon.
Just three months after being released from prison, Mixon was on his way back, deciding in February to skip a meeting with his parole officer immediately resulting in a no-bail warrant for his arrest.
Mixon was ready to go back to prison, his grandmother Mary Mixon said, if only to get a new parole officer upon his release.
But when he was stopped Saturday afternoon by two Oakland Police motorcycle police officers, Mixon apparently decided prison was not where he wanted to be. He shot at the officers killing both. Mixon then barricaded himself in his sister's apartment and killed two more officers as they tried to arrest him.
For those simply reviewing his criminal history, the shootings Saturday were in-line with his past.
Mixon first trip to state prison came in October 2002 when he was sentenced to serve six years after being found guilty of assault with a firearm for a San Francisco carjacking, state records show.
Mixon was released five years later but within two months became a "person of interest" for the murder of Ramon Stevens, a 42-year-old who was shot on the corner of 86th and E. 14th Street.
Stevens' sister, Felicia Stevens said Sunday she knows it was Mixon who killed her brother but police said they could not find any witnesses at the time to prove Mixon was the shooter.
"There is no direct evidence that Mixon committed that crime, the murder of Ramon Stevens," said Oakland Police Det. Lou Cruz. "There is nobody saying I saw Lovell Mixon shoot Ramon Stevens, not one witness."
But Stevens, who's nephew is Mixon's cousin, said she knows of one person who saw the shooting but who refused to step forward. She said her brother owed Mixon $30 for what she thinks were drugs at the time of the shooting.
Although police could not gather enough evidence to prove Mixon killed Stevens, Mixon was found guilty of five parole violations including possession of drug paraphernalia, identification theft, forgery, attempted grand theft and receiving stolen property.
Mixon was arrested on February 5, 2008 and sent back to prison for nine months on February 26, 2008.
Mixon was released in November but last month became a fugitive after failing to meet with his parole officer for a mandatory meeting.