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Okla. cop shoots firefighter neighbor in home invasion

April 21, 2011
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Okla. cop shoots firefighter neighbor in home invasion

The man "struck the officer, he punched the officer several times. He was holding a steel object in his hand"

By PoliceOne Staff

YUKON, Okla. — An off-duty police officer shot a former firefighter on Tuesday when he thought the man was breaking into his Okla. home.

Piedmont Police offer Jack Neumann's wife called, frantic, that a man was trying to get into their home while she and their two children were home, according to KFOR.

"Oh my gosh, he's trying to get in. He won't stop," the woman said in a 911 call.


According to Yukon Police, when Neumann arrived, the intruder struck the officer and may have had a weapon.

After a struggle, Neumann shot the intruder, Devin Nemecek, 47, who died from the shot.

Nemecek was a veteran firefighter of 20 years and was a first responder during the Oklahoma City bombing.

He had a medical condition as a result of serving in the line of duty. Because of his condition, son Garrett Nemecek believes his dad was confused about where he was.

"There were several times during the day when his oxygen levels would get below the normal rate and he would hallucinate. He wasn't in his right mind," Nemecek told KFOR.

"I truly believe he thought it was his home and he was locked out and that's why he tried to forcefully enter."

Garrett said he understands the fear and confusion his father caused the Neumann family, but still questions why a gun was triggered.

'"I do want to raise the question, he is a trained officer and why did he have to shoot to kill?" Garrett asked Newson6.
A funeral service for Nemecek is schedule this Friday at 2 p.m. at Life Church in Yukon.

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