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Piedmont officer shoots, kills retired firefighter in Yukon

The son of an Oklahoma man who was shot inside a police officer's home said his father used an oxygen tank and could become confused when his oxygen levels were low.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY AND MICHAEL KIMBALL Published: April 20, 2011

The family is working to set up a memorial of some kind to remember Devin Nemecek.

Garrett Nemecek said he didn't know why his father was outside Tuesday morning, but he had been doing yard work Monday evening and could have been doing more yard work Tuesday.

Neumann told investigators his wife and children, ages 3 and 4, were inside the home at the time of the shooting, Ly said. She said Neumann did not know Nemecek.

“As you can imagine, someone banging on the door trying to get in who is incoherent, you can understand they would be scared,” Ly said.

Police release

frantic 911 call

A frantic woman's voice can be heard on a 911 call released Tuesday by police. The woman was crying as she told a 911 operator a man with a crowbar was trying to break into her house.

“Shoot him,” the woman yelled during the call, apparently to Neumann. A man's voice can be heard shortly thereafter yelling, “Get back!” before a gunshot rang out.

Piedmont Police Chief Jerry Koester said Neumann will be on paid administrative leave until the district attorney rules on the shooting. He described him as an “exemplary” officer who feared for the safety of his wife and two small children.

None of the officer's family members were injured.

“They are obviously shaken up and scared,” Ly said.

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