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Officer Killed When Teen Intentionally Strikes Him With SUV

Officer Killed When Teen Intentionally Strikes Him With SUV

Associated Press

July 11, 2011

BEAUMONT, TX — A Texas man has been charged with capital murder after intentionally driving his fleeing sport utility vehicle into the patrol car of an officer, who was struck and killed, police said.

Bond was set at $250,000 Saturday for John Wesley Nero, 30, of Beaumont in Southeast Texas, KFDM-TV reported. He remained in a hospital in serious condition for injuries he sustained in the Friday night crash.

Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin said Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, 36, had stopped his patrol car about 10:45 p.m. Friday and was retrieving road spikes from his trunk to try to stop the fleeing SUV when the vehicle struck the patrol car head-on, pushing it into the officer.

Hebert, who served 10 years with the department, was pronounced dead at a Beaumont hospital.

Police said officers were pursuing Nero because he had been involved in a domestic disturbance Friday evening and assaulted his mother and grandmother. According to an affidavit, Nero allegedly told his mother that he would kill everyone if police were called.

Coffin said the two women told officers they caught Nero looking at what they believed to be child pornography and that he became enraged and struck them both when they confronted him about it. The women said he left the home after hitting them.


A woman was killed in a crash on the Northwest Side crash this morning. A man was taken into custody who appeared to be driving the Range Rover, according to witnesses.

Officers later spotted Nero behind a department store and tried to speak with him, but they say he sped away. A high-speed chase was under way when Hebert parked his vehicle and attempted to retrieve the spikes to put down in the roadway. The SUV struck the patrol car, which according to the affidavit had its emergency lights on, head-on.

Authorities believe a number of people may have seen what happened, and they are asking witnesses to contact police.

Hebert was a correctional officer before joining the Beaumont department. He was sworn in as an officer in January 2001.

He is the 17th Beaumont police officer to die in the line of duty since 1881.The last Beaumont officer killed in the line of duty was Lisa Beaulieu, who was struck by a drunk driver on April 27, 2007, while she was providing traffic assistance at an accident scene.

Police Chief Mark Blanton of neighboring Port Arthur said he’s sending officers to Beaumont to help patrol and provide whatever assistance is necessary while Beaumont police mourn the death of their colleague.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    God Bless Leo Hebert and his family. The pos that did this assulted his Mother and Grandmother and was viewing child porn, he should be dead and if any state can do it, Texas can!

  • Photo_max50


    about 3 years ago


    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Bryan was my friend. There should be no bond in this matter. "capital murder of a police officer". Use to be a trip to Huntsville, and legal injection or a death sentence. Oh, I'm head of myself, he needs to have his day in court, the jury needs to find him guilty. Then the trip but now he has a series of appeals to go through. More wasted money to be spent. I have a faster way in doing it, Where's my gun? That's not the way Bryan would want it handled. He may have said that too, but he want the legal system to take it's course. I can live with that too.

    We know there is going to be an judgement day for all of us. Bryan being the person he was, I'd in heaven looking down on us. He'll be covering our backs. That's a big comfort to me. Officer Bryan Hebert, I stand at attention and salute you. Rest in peace my friend and brother.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    The bond was raised yesterday to $750,000.

  • Policelinkbadge_max160_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    rest in Peace Brother Hebert. My prayers for your family and co-workers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Rest In Peace, Officer Hebert. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and department as they pass through this time of grief.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Why is a picture from a pursuit/crash that occurred in Chicago accompanying this article about an officer killed
    in Beaumont TX? More importantly, what judge set the bond so low for a defendant who at least appears to have deliberately killed a police officer with his vehicle? I thought Texas was supposed to be strict law & order state.
    It would be nice to see the judges on the same side, especially for a crime such as this.

  • French_chopper_seat_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Thoughts and prayers go out to Ofc Herbert's family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.
    May swift justice befall the murderer of our fellow brother in blue..

    Rest in Peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    My condolences to officer Hebert's family and to his Department..
    Did i understand the article correctly? A bond was set by the judge at $250,000--if this murderer can come up with $25,000, he will be free until his hearing/trial providing he's well enough to be released from the hospital???

  • Win_20140410_232326_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Spartan_cops_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Who puts these articles together, seriously?!?

    The picture with the Land Rover at the bottom is from an accident which occurred here in Chicago, IL this morning.

  • 014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Maybe the wrong Mede will be given to this shi? Bag and he will have a bad reaction, that would be a shame... I hope the Judge who set the bail has a hard time sleeping... That was crap,crap,crap...
    Rest in Peace our Brother!!

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Cant believe it was such a low bond after he killed a cop. I'm disappointed at texas

  • Uniphone1_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Only a $250,000 bond?? This guy is the epidome of a scumbag!! Watching child porn and then running a LEO down....copper380 is's a good thing he's in Texas!! Rest in Peace Officer Hebert, and God Bless!

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