Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi

San Leandro Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, July 25, 2005

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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Miss ya dude. Things have gotten crazy now a days. You are with me every day. We would be ready to retire between now and the next year or two. You had every right to make it to the finish line, you earned it right away during the first year. This place doesn't deserve you, watch our backs, check in with the guys upstairs.

Friend, LEO,
Bay Area PD, CA

April 21, 2018

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