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Homeless man fatally shot after attacking Dublin police sergeant

Officer hospitalized after suffering head injuries in early morning fight

A Dublin police sergeant who shot and killed a homeless man Friday is recovering from a severe beating he inflicted during a brief fight.

According to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, public information officer for the Alameda County sheriff's department, which provides contracted police services to the city of Dublin, 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.

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 53-year-old Daryl Podborny, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the sergeant was left with a "bloody face and head," Nelson said.

The police sergeant, whom Nelson did not identify, 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.

Anyone with more information on the incident is asked to call Investigations Sgt. N. Schmidt at 833-6682.

Bay City News constributed to this report.

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 2, 2011 at 4:39 pm

God bless this Dublin Sergeant who had to shoot this man. We are very thankful for the men and women who patrol our communities, never knowing who they are approaching, what their "state of mind" is, what they may be involved in that might make them react aggressively. Hope she recovers fully (physically and mentally) and returns soon.

God bless too the homeless man who most likely had mental health issues as many (but not all) often do. Life is not easy for the many homeless people. I have been in public in broad daylight when a person has acted out in an extreemly threatening manner, screaming and such, at whomever he walked by. I was scared! Lethal force is not something any officer would like to face, but it appears she had no choice and is lucky to be alive herself.

What if it had been a citizen who came accross his path that night? What would have happened?
Thank you Sergeant for your courage. Get well soon.


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Posted by James Crockett
a resident of Birdland
on May 3, 2011 at 1:05 am

The Sergeant is a hero for doing her job and surviving this unprovoked attack. Police work is dangerous and there are bad people who will attack officers, even in the Tri-valley. Maybe now people can understand why officers are cautious and use good safety practices and don't trust everyone.

This is why cops earn every penny of their salary and their pensions should be left untouched. This Sergeant will take the night she fought for her life and was forced to shoot and kill someone with her for the rest of her life.

It's time for the residents of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore to remember there are police officers on-duty 24/7 that do work you are afraid to do.


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Posted by Brointheknow
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 3, 2011 at 4:00 am

James could not have said it any better. Dont even get me started on the people saying the Dublin Sergeant should have just shot him in the shoulder instead. This cop did what she had to do to survive. Great job to her, she deserves a medal for doing what most cops never have to do in their career.

Agreed James. Cops earn everything they get. Considering their life span is not as long due to the hectic job and thinking of how many holidays they do not get to spend with their families and so on, it makes perfect sense that they get as much as they do. If anything, they deserve more.


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Posted by member
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm

i have lived in pleasanton for 30 years and worked in dublin for 20 years, daryl was a dublin fixture, never once did i witness any violent or agressive behavior on his part. he was quiet and kept to himself, daryl was also very appreciative of anything given to him. i hope he is a peace now and finds comfort he was not able to find in his lifetime.he had a a good soul and will not be forgotten.


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Posted by dublinite
a resident of Dublin
on May 14, 2011 at 11:01 am

it really makes me sick how skewed and warped by fear allot of your opinions are. i have known both people involved for many many years.

Darrel was always quit and completely kept to himself. he read books good books. that's about it. he never ever asked any one for anything and just wanted to be left alone. i speak form personal knowledge i i gave him some money and a pizza once on a Christmas morning and when he sincerely thanked me i was shocked. NOT BECAUSE I DIDN'T EXPECT GRATITUDE. because he almost never spoke to any one. he was extremely hard of hearing.


as for the arrest record you use to portray him as this spooky terrorist who you say was ready to kill at any time. any one in the east bay knows the Dublin police have the worst reputation for caring out injustices in the entire bay area a considerable achievement for one of its smallest cities.

ask 3 people in Dublin or probably any one under 50 would vouch for that. they are well known for harassing any one who they don't think belongs in "THEIR TOWN" as they often describe it. even thought the majority of them aren't from Dublin at all. they are trained in Oakland where their is allot of actual crime. then sent to Dublin which is little more than a modern "May berry" without their tyranny and constant harassment when their is no crime in site.


needless to say their is much more to this story. of that their can be no doubt. its vary likely that Darrel was either fed up with being harassed insulated and mocked on a constant daily basis as half the town is or startled due to his poor hearing or both. and it is just plain ignorant to paint him as violent "bad person" in his everyday life.

this is a tragedy anyway you turn it what ever the actual details of the incident were. so it disgusting to hear people cheering for the death of a filthy bum.

now on the other hand the officer who was involved in this death of a human being i also know. and will leave her name out of it. but i must say although she was in fact the kindest Dublin police officer i have known in my many years in Dublin. their maybe other factors that came into this. she was also involved in a tragic incident where she was taking captive by gun men during the robbery of a restaurant. while her partner was fatally shot outside of the building.


though my heart goes out to her for that and i sincerely mean no disrespect saying this. the years of psychological leave following that incident shouldn't be left out of the investigation. if their even will be an investigation for a sergeant. amongst an incredibly crooked department it would be no surprise,

it is also possible that she was in error of protocol. which would have kept her at a safer distance. and provided more less than lethal options.

i am saddened for both of them in any case but if you are all going to voice such opinions about things you know nothing about please find a way to be less tacky and immoral it is offensive and inappropriate you should be ashamed of yourselves. god is


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Posted by amazed
a resident of another community
on May 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

but Dublinite - Doesn't make any sense-didn't you just do what you accuse others of ? (hint - both assumptions and presumptions as well as obvious other bias's) : >


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Posted by Lenny
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Walking on the street at 1:30am illegal?

Why harasses people?

Women should never patrol alone.


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Posted by myname
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2012 at 7:17 pm

my goodness - what kind of writer is this who does not know the difference between he and she and who cannot clearly express who beat whom? Done on purpose???


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Posted by friend in town
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

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