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

Police Officer Dan 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 for the second time that day. 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.

A portion of Hays Street between East 14th and Davis Streets was renamed Dan Niemi Way.”


  • Age 42
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 298

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

ambush, disturbance, probation violation

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I think about you all the time Danny. I tell your story often about how I asked you not to ever become a police officer because of the immediate vision I had the minute you said that you wanted to One Day become a police officer as we were walking out your door to go to the shooting range and practice with our guns. You said to me one day I'd like to be coming an officer Tina a police officer. I remember saying Danny please don't ever become a police officer immediately because of the immediate vision I had of a handgun and your future.
And then you poo-pooed me and said you didn't believe in all that crap. That's okay sweetheart. God bless you.
I hear the family is okay, your wife is doing great. Your kids are doing wonderful and we appreciate you being up there in heaven and in the spirit realm, to help all of us down here cuz we know you're still on duty darling!
God bless you Danny always in our hearts! No matter what year, no matter what month, no matter what day, you are one heck of an angel!


December 14, 2023

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