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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.

  • 582602_3283682777720_334551836_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP Officer Byran Herbert.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Prayers for family.....for the other pile of crap...child porn,striking your mother,grandmother,killing a police officer I pray this is the end of your road.

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Bump LAWMAN...

    Prayers to the family and friends.

  • Thin_blue_line_max50


    about 3 years ago


    RIP Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • 21_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in peace Brother

  • Car_004_max50


    about 3 years ago


    God Bless Your Soul Brother, Lord Bless and watch over the family, friends and fellow officers of Our Fallen Brother. Rest in Peace Brother.

    As for Nero, I am so glad you are in Texas, I have faith that justice will be swift and the punishment will fit the crime. ROT IN HELL you oxygen robbing paracite!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    May you rest in peace, my brother. May God comfort and bless your family and friends.

  • Img_0103_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest In Peace Sir...Rest My Fellow Lawman...We Have The Watch

    What I don't understand is why they are refering to this A$$hole as a Teen, when they also said he is 30 yrs.old..?? Any way, I think that he should be awarded the "DEATH PENALTY" for his heartless and demonic murderous actions. Friggin Ba$tard deserves all hurt, harm and punishment that can be placed upon him by the Justice System..!!!

  • Garita2_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    RIP brother...

  • Patrol1_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother. Prayers for you and your family.

  • Hpim0324_max50


    about 3 years ago



  • Th_photo5762_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Godbless Hebert and his family. His ultimate sacrifice was not in vain. For we now have in custody the man who will put hands on his own female reatives, has no respect for police officers, and ...ingages in childpornography.

  • Eagle-3_max50


    about 3 years ago


    As you departed the bonds of this earth and touched the face of God, know that the service and dedication you had for your department, its fellow officers and the citizens of your community will never be forgotten. May God comfort in this time of sorrow your family, your fellow officers and all those whose lives you have touched. May you RIP brother, we’ll take it from here.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I dont know how the teen and a range rover fit into this....

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