July 27, 2005

Suspect Arrested in Shooting Death of San Leandro Police Officer

San Leandro Officer Nels "Dan" Niemi, 42, was shot and killed on July 25, 2005, while investigating an excessive noise complaint near the intersection of Doolittle Drive and Belvedere Avenue.

While Niemi was talking to a person when two people drove up in a white 1995 Ford Thunderbird. The suspect got out of the card and reportedly fired six shots without warning at Niemi, who died about 30 minutes later at Eden Medical Center. Niemi was the first San Leandro police officer killed in the line of duty since 1961. He is survived by his wife Dionne, a six-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old stepson.

On the following day, July 26, 2005, the suspect, Newark resident Irving Alexander Ramirez, 23, was arrested without incident while he was sleeping in a Daly City apartment leased to his sister and her husband.

A trust fund has been established and contributions can be made to the Niemi Family Fund, c/o San Leandro Police Officers Association, 901 East 14th St., San Leandro, CA 94577.

San Francisco Chronicle article
Oakland Tribune article

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 27, 2005 1:14 AM | TrackBack
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