Dublin police have identified a homeless man who was shot and killed by a police sergeant during a violent struggle early this morning as 53-year-old Daryl Podborny.
The sergeant, a 20-year veteran of the department, was on patrol at about 1:30 a.m. when she spotted a suspicious person on a deserted stretch of Amador Plaza Road near where interstate highways 580 and 680 intersect. The incident resulted in the closure of I-680 on/off ramp at Amador Plaza Road and St. Patrick Way for several hours.
When she approached the man near the Stoneridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, he suddenly began to beat her, Nelson said. The attack was severe, he said.
"He tried to smash her head into the cement, at which time she took out her service weapon, fired at the suspect and killed him," Nelson said.
The struggle was brief - only three minutes passed between the time the sergeant radioed in that she had spotted a suspicious person and when she reported that she had shot him, he said.
The man, later identified as Podborny, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the sergeant was left with a "bloody face and head," Nelson said.
She was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, he said.
"She's been through a hell of a fight," Nelson said. "She was in a fight for her life, she really was."
There were no other police officers there at the time the shooting happened, and it appears Podborny was alone when the sergeant approached him, Nelson said.
Podborny was known to local officers, he said.
"He's been arrested many times, mostly for fighting and drunkenness," Nelson said.
The sergeant has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is protocol with officer-involved shootings, Nelson said.
The Alameda County District Attorney's Office will be conducting an investigation into the shooting.
The sheriff's office provides contracted police services to the city of Dublin.
Anyone with more information on the incident is asked to call Investigations Sgt. N. Schmidt at 833-6682.