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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Always have you in my heart but today I was really thinking of you. Thought of your smile and some comedic and insightful input you would have on somethings around the department. I wear your badge number with a heavy heart and beautiful memories. Miss you buddy.


March 28, 2021

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