BEAUMONT (July 10, 2011)—John Wesley Nero, 30 of Beaumont, who’s accused of intentionally ramming a patrol car with his fleeing sport utility vehicle, killing a police officer, has been charged with capital murder.
His bond was set at $250,000.
He remains in a hospital in serious condition for injuries he sustained in the crash Friday night.
Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin said Officer Bryan Mitchell Hebert, 36, was retrieving road spikes from his trunk to try to stop the fleeing SUV when the vehicle struck the patrol car head-on, pushing it into the officer.
Hebert, who served 10 years with the department, was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Police say Nero assaulted his mother and grandmother Friday evening.