Dublin Officer Shoots and Kills Transient Who Attacked Her

Officer treated at hospital and released.

A Dublin police officer shot and killed a transient who was beating her, stomping her head to the ground.

The officer was hospitalized early this morning with a head injury, according to Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman J.D. Nelson.

"She's been through a hell of a fight," said Nelson.

The officer, who police have not yet identified, was released from the hospital this morning and taken home.  

Nelson said the man is well-known in Dublin and has a criminal history. The officer had been responding to a report of suspicious activity in the area when she was suddenly attacked.

Shots were fired within minutes of her arrival, Nelson said. Responding officers found her injured, her head covered in blood. She told them the man was kicking and punching her.

"He tried to smash her head into the cement, at which time she
took out her service weapon, fired at the suspect and killed him," Nelson

The shooting happened at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. During the investigation, police closed the southbound Interstate 680 on-ramp at Amador Plaza Road, near the Stoneridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership.

The officer was taken to Eden Medical Center's trauma center for treatment. 

Nelson said the injured sergeant is a 20-year veteran of the department. She has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol with officer-involved shootings, Nelson said.

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office will be conducting an investigation into the shooting. The sheriff's office provides contract police services to the city of Dublin.

We will update this story when further details are available.

Susan May 01, 2011 at 10:18 PM
When incidents like these occur poeple never cease to amaze me. Is the general public so uneducated to think that this officer or any in this situation actually got dressed for work that day and thought to herself "I think it will be fun during this shift to shoot and kill someone for absolutley no reason"? I challenge anyone who isnt a police officer to attempt to do their job. Its thankless, your called into most people lives during the worst times and expected to make it all better. It takes training, patience, common sense and did i mention patience. When incidents such as these occur you can show up, put your life on the line and then be pursected by the general public, who are the first call you when they need help. Good job Dublin Police, thank you for your service.
Stephanie Wing May 01, 2011 at 11:10 PM
I love Dublin, and everything about it, including our wonderful police, I am just stating my thoughts..
John DeKoven May 02, 2011 at 08:31 AM
@Susan - I couldn't have said it any better. One thing I would like to say that I don't think mentioned is that people that are very nice can "snap" just like that and become violent. I personally had an experience with that a few months ago.
Leslie T. May 09, 2011 at 03:16 AM
The whole situation is so sad. We don't have all of the details, so I am trying to reserve judgement. Dublin has a very good police department. Many long time Dublin residents knew Daryl, and interacted with him on a regular basis. Daryl may have been homeless. However, he was not a transient. He was a member of our community for over 20 years. He will be missed.
Marie June 13, 2011 at 05:04 PM
I think everyone should not only "reserve judgement" but "withhold judegment"...PERIOD! Leave it up to the persons in charge of investigating the incident, and God himself. Who are we to judge? I think any person passing "judgement" in this situation, who is not directly responsible for, or related to, the 2 individuals involved, is giving themselves too much importance. My Mother is mentally ill and institutionalized and things happen sometimes that I don't like but I can't pass judgement on the people who are in charge of her care. She was beyond what help I could provide and considering I was providing care for her by the age of 6 until I was 27, I'd say I made many, many, mistakes BUT....did all I could to the best of my ability. Please folks, just say a prayer for those affected and Thank God that you were not the one having to make the choice.


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