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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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  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    RIP my Brother. My God be with and look over your family and friends.

    I hope that they give this little pervert/murderer the DP. Texas USES it!

  • Nag_max50

    bsears

    about 3 years ago

    9566 Comments

    RIP

  • Eagle_and_flag_max50

    36TR

    about 3 years ago

    7620 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brother!!!!

    I agree with Hbryant!!

    Headline is misleading, unless a 30 year old man is consdiered a teen in ND.

  • John_groh_max50

    wiseass0282

    about 3 years ago

    10984 Comments

    RIP Brother, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  • 827-2294l_max50

    Fredder

    about 3 years ago

    190 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.
    +1 Hbryant188

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    Hbryant188

    about 3 years ago

    594 Comments

    I think setting this POS' bail to $250,000 is an insult to Officer Hebert. If you get charged with capital murder you should be held WITHOUT bail. RIP Officer Hebert

  • Ralphie_max50

    rafaelmorales

    about 3 years ago

    2994 Comments

    RIP BROTHER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ba_old_glory_max50

    Jonas

    about 3 years ago

    42222 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Hebert.

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