Police Officer Nels Daniel "Dan" Niemi
Badge Number 298
End of Watch (EOW): July 25, 2005
Age: 42 / Tour: 3 years / Cause: Gunfire
Suspect: Sentenced to death
Officer Nels "Dan" Niemi was investigating an 11 pm disturbance call on Doolittle Drive. As Officer Niemi spoke to some of the residents, a man drove up to the scene and actively engaged Officer Niemi in conversation. Without any 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 of first-degree 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.