DUBLIN (KCBS) – A Dublin police sergeant shot and killed a suspect during a violent confrontation early Thursday morning which also left the sergeant hospitalized with head injuries.

The female officer stopped a man with a history of violent behavior who was acting suspiciously outside the Stoneridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership off Interstate 680 around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.

When she approached the man, he suddenly began to beat her, Nelson said.  “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 said.

The struggle was brief – only three minutes passed between the time the sergeant radioed in that she had spotted a suspicious person and when she reported that she had shot him, he said.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the sergeant was left with a “bloody face and head,” Nelson said.

She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, he said.

“She’s been through a hell of a fight,” Nelson said. “She was in a fight for her life, she really was.”

There were no other police officers there at the time the shooting happened, and it appears the man was alone when the sergeant approached him, Nelson said.

The man was known to local officers, he said.

“He’s been arrested many times, mostly for fighting and drunkenness,” Nelson said.

The man has been homeless in the past and may still have been a transient, Nelson said. His name has not yet been released.

The sergeant 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 contracted police services to the city of Dublin.

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Comments (20)
  1. curious says:

    I wonder if the attacker was the man with long brown hair and beard often seen around town during the day?

    1. James N. says:

      no hes harmless everyone knows him hopefully its not probably the guy with the army jacket. daryll is harmless cops know him they dont even bother him. so it that would be out of character for daryll

  2. mechanic says:

    Pretty good reporting on this site; considering that other “news sources” are stressing the fact that the no-good, felon was “homeless” in their headlines.. What’s that got to do with the story? She was doing her job, and should be commended for her decisive action in this case. Some “homeless” people are violent people with a felonious history. If this guy had been locked up for his previous crimes, this whole thing may not have happened.

  3. Alen Mohamad says:

    Let me be the first to say, What was she doing in the middle of the night stopping a guy that she knew was a violent guy. She had the choice to call for back up before anything went down. And why does it take 50 cops to stand around and do nothing. I am glad that she is ok but I feel she should have waited for back up. She is not super man and know one was killing anyone.

    1. Tired of nitwits says:

      Alen, your level of ignorance of police work is only rivaled by your lack of understanding of the English language. “…know one was killing anyone.” its no one.

      As for your comment that she should have called for backup before contacting someone “she knew was a violent guy” is ridiculous. Do you know for a fact she knew he was violent? Lets say she in fact did know him to be violent in the past, should she just ignore him if he’s breaking the law because she is alone? Is the new standard for Police Officers, that if working at night and you see someone, as long as they are not currently killing someone they are to be left alone and allowed to do whatever they please? If so its news to me. Police Officers are supposed to stop people, especially if those people are in areas they do not belong (around a car dealership at 1:30am) and see what they are doing.

      I’m willing to bet that if the suspect was breaking into YOUR car in the middle of the night, and the Officer stopped him from stealing items from your car you would have been more than happy that she stopped him. But follwoing your logic, he wouldn’t have been killing anyone so she should have just let him be.

      Its easy to sit in your mom’s basement and Monday morning quarterback the Officer having all the information in hand. Try getting in a patrol car, contacting people with no idea who they are/what they are doing/their history, and having to react to the situations presented to Officers on a daily basis. Once you had you’d see just how idiotic your comment truly is.

  4. Al Edge says:

    I was not there,but I do know that an officer has to make split-second decisions,and are instructed to stop the attacker,with whatever is the best choice in the short time involved.It is easy to second-guess.

  5. silvia says:

    Maybe if one of the 3 cops that stand in front of 7 eleven every night were there to help, there wouldn’t be anyone killed, its funny the dublin pd always seems to have nothing to do and then something happens yet still fail! If u wanna see the show at 711 just go around 1030pm they r there every night

    1. JJ Howery says:

      That’s weird- cops who work 10-12 hours a day taking a break for a soda, water or coffee. Do the job, then critique!

      1. EN says:

        JJ, stop whining about how tough their job is.

    2. mscott408 says:

      if they weren’t there 7-11 would probably be held up. I wouldn’t question the police or if they happen to be taking a break. Even at your McJob you get to have a few minutes off after a stressful shift.

    3. vperez says:

      where is that 7/11 in dublin

      1. dead_than_red says:

        Neither are very close to where the incident occurred.

  6. EN says:

    mscott408, how much break time does Walmart give you?

  7. JFed says:

    usually the dublin cops are in a residential neighborhood parked side by side so they can talk to each other for a while… i bump into them every nite when taking backroads to the freeway cuz i dont wanna get harrassed driving through dublin in the middle of the nite. anyways, ya it was homelesss darryl that she shot. and i for sure dont believe the story. he been homeless here since i was a little kid. worst thing he does is drink a couple beers at nite time.

    1. RealityCheck says:

      I don’t know what you’re doing wrong. I drive through town in the early morning hours to go to work and have never been hassled. My registration tag is on my car and I drive the speed limit or just a little over and use my turn signals. Never had a problem. I’ve seen “harmless Darryl” drunk and saw him fight with a guy over by the Jack in the Box.

  8. Vinnie Imperioli says:

    Last time I looked gunning down an unarmed individual is pretty much homicide. If the sergeant was so compromised how did she have the inclination, presence of mind and the ability to fire fatal shots butta bing butta boom, most likely into the center of mass? Politically incorrect, as it may seem, why is a most-likely small female officer, probably hired and promoted through the ranks due to affirmative action going head to head with a big bad guy, especially solo? What happened to the big burly beat cop on the corner with a brook no nonsense attitude and a truncheon? Guess we now have a police state populated by robocops.


    1. WOW says:

      Yikes, I truly hope you don’t reproduce.

  9. Dublin Resident says:

    I’m amazed and scared that some of these commenters are my neighbors in Dublin. This guy was not harmless, I used to see him drinking beer outside Starbucks in the morning, aggressively harassing passerby’s.

    THIS JUST IN: Don’t hit cops and try to smash their heads into the asphalt and you won’t get killed. A guy with 15+ arrests in the last few years knows this better than rest of us. Sure, it’s sad that a guy died. But let’s not pretend he didn’t bring it on himself.

    When a Dublin cop kills a productive member of society in our fine little town, I’ll get on board the Outraged Train. But this ain’t it. I hope for a speedy recovery for the Sergeant.

  10. Patrick says:

    Maybe she was reaching for her taser . Haha. She must have really been getting her ass kicked to go straight to deadly force, guess her baton, pepper spray and taser were in the trunk of her car.. The county will do whatever it takes to cover this up and make it look like it the guy was a faultP

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