Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years
Badge # 298
Offender: Sentenced to death
Officer Nels Niemi was shot and killed in an ambush attack while investigating a disturbance call on Doolittle Drive.
Officer Niemi responded to Doolittle Drive at 11:00 pm. As Officer Niemi spoke to some of the residents, a man drove up to the scene and engaged Officer Niemi in conversation. Without warning, the man produced a handgun and shot Officer Niemi several times, killing him.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and was apprehended the next day. He was convicted in May 2007 of first-degree murder for Officer Niemi's murder and subsequently sentenced to death.
Officer Niemi had served with the San Leandro Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.