Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

San Leandro Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 25, 2005

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Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

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.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 298

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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I think about you often, but even more so over the past few weeks. So many senseless L.E. deaths, so many heroes lost, so many departments traumatized, so many loved ones grieving. I pray it will stop, but fear it'll continue to worsen. I am proud of those who continue the fight with integrity and am honored to be part of the process. I hope we continue to honor your memory and never allow you to be forgotten. I miss your wit, your humor and your unique ability to read my mood over the air and remind me not to sweat the small stuff. Rest in Peace #298

Donna Balelo
San Leandro PD

January 12, 2019

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