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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.

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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.


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    Irishcop1961

    about 3 years ago

    50392 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Hebert. Thank you for your service.

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    WACollector

    about 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    retcop104

    about 3 years ago

    90 Comments

    may the lord be with you and your family at this time 0f need, rip.

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    MP247

    about 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Hebert

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    ocicat1994

    about 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    well I'm not exactly sorry this happened in Texas of all places. Officer Hebert rest in peace.

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    ksphatcop

    about 3 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    jworrell

    about 3 years ago

    66 Comments

    I don't mean to detract from what is actually important here, but why is the article titled, "Officer Killed When Teen Intentionally Strikes Him With SUV" when the suspect is a 30 year-old man?

    My most sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Hebert.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    Thanks for your professional service officer Hebert.Am curiious as to why the bond is set at only $250,000 for the intentional murder of a leo,especially in a conservative state as Texas.Also am curious as to the headline which reads he was struck by a teen and the story advises us a 30 year old was arrested???

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    RKEENAN

    about 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    'Blessed Are The Peacemakers'.

    Rest in peace Officer Hebert.

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    kimber4155

    about 3 years ago

    616 Comments

    RIP

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    sniper635

    about 3 years ago

    824 Comments

    R.I.P. Officer Hebert. Prayers to his family. Cudos to the Officers who arrested the POS that is responsable for this mess.Great restraint guys. Good job.

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    von

    about 3 years ago

    20 Comments

    My prayers are with his family!

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    alorenzen16

    about 3 years ago

    494 Comments

    RIP brother!

    I am glad I wasn't the only one pissed about the bail amount!!! I hope it was a misprint or that the $250k was for the pursuit only!

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    Bnshape

    about 3 years ago

    662 Comments

    RIP Officer Hebert;
    GODSPEED to your family and friends Sir.
    Like others have said, Held without bail
    is more appropriate here.

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    crowfeeder

    about 3 years ago

    928 Comments

    RIP. Another senseless murder!!! Stay safe brothers.

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