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Texas Officer Killed when Suspect Plows Into Cruiser

July 09, 2011  | 

A Beaumont (Texas) Police officer was killed when a suspect evading pursuing officers veered into the officer's parked cruiser as he attempted to deploy a stop stick to end the pursuit.

Officer Bryan Hebert was pulling the stop stick and safety vest from his cruiser's trunk at 10:41 p.m. Friday when his cruiser was struck head-on by a 2008 Dodge Nitro SUV driven by 30-year-old John Wesley Nero.

As Nero approached Officer Hebert, he swerved his vehicle and struck the cruiser head-on. The SUV flipped into a hand-stand position, and the cruiser struck Officer Hebert, who was at the rear retrieving his safety gear, reports 12newsnow.

The cruiser was parked in the 4000 block of Dowlen Road, according to Beaumont Police. The pursuit had began earlier that evening, after Nero allegedly assaulted his mother and grandmother at around 6 p.m. at a residence at 5900 Chisholm Trail.

Officer Hebert, 36, was a 10-year veteran of the force. He was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

On Saturday, Beaumont Police issued a capital murder warrant for Nero, who is being treated at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Bail has been set at $250,000.

By Paul Clinton

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Morning Eagle @ 7/11/2011 10:40 PM

Good Lord will this killing of law enforcement officers never end? I know it has always happened but this year it seems to be happening somewhere almost every day. At least Texas still has the death penalty and uses it. This does not appear to be accidental but was committed with malice aforethought. Hopefully the DA will keep that in mind when the defense attorney wants to make deals.

RIP Officer Hebert and may those mourning you be able to find some peace.

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