Category Archives: Shot by Police

Killed – Michael Nehez (Sunnyvale, CA)


After an investigation, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office has concluded that three Sunnyvale Public Safety Officers last year lawfully shot and killed a city man who rushed at them with a large kitchen knife.

Before he attacked the officers Michael Nehez had murdered his wife and holed up in his home. He told a dispatcher that he had committed the murder, and said: “I wanna end it all….it’s got to end sooner or later.”

In a 38-page report, prosecutor Matthew Braker determined that the SWAT team members shot the armed and attacking man while fearing for their safety, and the safety of others.

The District Attorney’s Office investigates all fatal law enforcement encounters to determine if the lethal force was legal. By law, officers are allowed to use deadly force when faced with imminent danger and/or when trying to arrest a violent and dangerous fleeing felon.

Just before 8 a.m. on August 8, 2013, Nehez called 911 and reported that he had strangled his wife to death two days before. Responding officers spent about two hours trying to contact the 68-year-old man, and then entered the San Pedro Avenue home.

Almost immediately, Nehez charged the officers, holding a nine-inch kitchen knife in his hand and ignoring their commands.

Fearing for their lives and for the lives of the other officers, three veteran Sunnyvale SWAT officers – Jeromy Lima, Silas Mutz and Regan Williams – fired their weapons. Nehez, who made it to within about six feet of the officers, was killed after being struck with all nine bullets that were fired. Officers who were armed with less-lethal weapons said they had no time to transition to them. Officer Williams reported, “In my mind he was gonna try to stab one of us, try to kill us.”

After the shooting, officers discovered the body of Marlene Nehez. The 55-year-old had been stabbed to death.

Killed – Leamon Ward (Middlesboro, KY)

Leamon Ward

BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – A man was shot and killed by an officer of the Middlesboro Police Department during a robbery at a gas station late Wednesday night, according to police.

Leamond Ward, 20, of Middlesboro, was pronounced dead at the Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital as a result of two gunshot wounds sustained during the incident.

Officials say that they were called to the scene of a robbery at Lee’s BP on 38th St. around 9:45 on Wednesday night. They were told by the 911 caller that employees and customers were attempting to restrain the man, identified as Ward.

Triple Shooting – Killed – Roudy Hendricks (Boston, MA)

Roudy Hendricks

BOSTON (CBS) – A gun battle on the streets of Dorchester left one suspect dead and two veteran Boston police officers injured with gunshot wounds. Police are still searching for a second suspect involved in the incident.

The shooting happened around 1:45 p.m. near Dorchester Avenue and Shepton Street. The plainclothes narcotics officers witnessed two men “acting in a suspicious manner” and then got out of their vehicle and identified themselves, according to Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

The two men then allegedly reached into their clothing and at least one pulled out a gun and fired at the officers. The officers then returned fire. The injured officers have been identified as Harry Jean and Terry Cotton, both 24-year veterans of the Boston Police Department.

Commissioner Davis says the officers both suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the legs.

The suspect who was shot and killed has been identified as 21-year-old Roudy Hendricks of Brockton. The second suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, with a slim build, wearing a maroon shirt with stripes and braided hair.

Police say the officers had minor leg wounds. A second suspect is being sought for questioning by police.

Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linsky said the two plain-clothes drug unit officers were near Dorchester Avenue and Shepton Street at about 1:45 p.m. Wednesday when they got out of their car to confront two people.


Killed – Kevin Koonce (Nacogdoches County, TX)

Kevin Koonce

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man who was killed by deputies during a Wednesday morning shootout on State Highway 103, on a bridge over Lake Sam Rayburn.

46-year-old Kevin Koonce, of Nacogdoches, died in the shooting after Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said Koonce opened fire on the deputies. Now, the Texas Rangers have stepped in to conduct the investigation.

According to Sheriff Bridges, deputies were attempting to serve a “high risk” warrant on Koonce when the incident occurred.

Bridges said the U.S. Marshals Service, along with the Texas Department of Public Safety and Nacogdoches County deputies had been investigating Koonce in reference to a parole violation.

According to Bridges, an arrest warrant for Koonce was obtained on Monday, and officers were on the way to his house when they saw his pickup truck.

Bridges said after a deputy pulled Koonce over, the man immediately jumped out of his truck and began shooting. The deputy shot back and hit Koonce.

According to Bridges, Koonce had two .45-caliber pistols with him, and numerous other weapons were found at his residence.

“On Wednesday around 5 a.m., law-enforcement officials arrived in Etoile,” Bridges said. “While staging for the execution of the search warrant, a vehicle was observed driving down the road that (I) knew was possibly associated (with) the suspect, Kevin Koonce.”
Bridges ordered deputies to stop the vehicle.

“The traffic stop occurred on Hwy. 103 East, just west of Etoile,” he said. “The driver of the vehicle stopped on the side of the road. (He) then immediately jumped out of his vehicle and came running at the patrol unit, opening fire with a pistol in his hand.”

Koonce fired at least four rounds from a .45 caliber handgun, hitting the deputy’s patrol unit at least three times, including once in the windshield.

“The deputy barely had time to get out of his patrol unit and take cover,” Bridges told The Daily Sentinel. “He didn’t have an opportunity to say anything to Mr. Koonce. All he had time to do was react to the gunfire. He had no choice but to immediately return fire, and that’s what he did.”


Killed – Hector Leija (Carlsbad, NM)

Hector Leija

CARLSBAD >> A 61-year-old man is dead after an early-morning encounter Wednesday with Carlsbad police.

Police said in a press release that officers responded to a disturbance on the 3800 block of Fleetwood Street, where they found the man armed with a gun.

Neighbors, who identified the victim as Hector Leija, a father, husband, and grandfather, said they heard several shots fired during the early-morning incident.

A neighbor of the victim, who asked not to be identified, said she woke up around 12:25 a.m. to the sound of gunfire. “It sounded like they were shooting at a mob boss or something,” she said.

Leija, Hector (61)
New Mexico (Carlsbad)
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Killed – Tobias J. Torres (Phoenix, AZ)


PHOENIX – Two Phoenix police officers shot and killed a man late Monday night after he attacked them with a machete.

Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department said officers responded to an apartment complex near 59th Avenue and Roosevelt Street around 11:40 p.m. Monday evening to reports of a domestic dispute.

The fight allegedly involved 35-year-old Tobias J. Torres and his ex-wife. The ex-wife told police she was forced to jump out of a bedroom window because Torres threatened her with a machete and she feared for her life.

She also told police there were four children inside the apartment.

Two officers entered the apartment, made contact with Torres, who then attacked them with a machete. Officers shot Torres multiple times, said Crump.

Torres was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he died due to his injuries, said Crump.

Killed – Man (Houston, TX)


August 6, 2013 – Houston police are investigating an incident in which two HPD officers discharged their duty weapons at an armed suspect at 5725 Fondren about 6:15 p.m. on Monday (August 5).

The male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The two officers who discharged their weapons were not injured. HPD Officer M. Alanis was sworn in as an officer in September, 2009 and is assigned to the Midwest Patrol Division. Senior Police Officer E. Newman was sworn in as an officer in May, 1992 and is assigned to the Tactical Operations Division.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. Rodriguez and Officer M. Burrow reported:

HPD patrol officers responded to a discharge of firearms call at 5800 Fondren involving a Hispanic male in a green SUV. Upon arrival, the officers observed a suspect matching the listed description and attempted to detain him.

The suspect then fled on foot. During the ensuing foot pursuit, the suspect produced a pistol and fired shots at the officers. Officer Alanis, fearing for her safety and that of her fellow officer, then returned fire, missing the suspect. The suspect then fled behind a nearby strip center where he hid.
Officer Newman responded to the scene and, with the assistance of his K-9, located the suspect. When the K-9 made contact with the suspect, he first attempted to shoot the dog. However, upon seeing Officer Newman, the suspect then pointed his gun at him. Officer Newman, fearing for his life, then discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect.

Houston Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him dead. Investigators recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene.