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Officer Involved In Shooting of Homeless Man Is Identified

Police chief says report on the incident has been forwarded to the Alameda County District Attorney's office

Authorities have released the name of the Dublin police officer who was involved in the shooting death of a homeless man in April.

Police Chief Tom McCarthy said Sgt. Donna LaPerle has been cleared to come back to work, but the 20-year department veteran has not yet returned.

McCarthy said LaPerle was initially off on paid administrative leave for three days following the incident. She has not returned to work due to injuries sustained in the incident.

The chief also said an investigative report on has been completed and sent to the Alameda County District Attorney's office. However, he would not provide any details from the report.

LaPerle shot and killed 53-year-old Daryl Podborny about 1:30 a.m. on April 28 after authorities say the homeless man attacked the officer in an industrial part of town near the Stoneridge Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership.

LaPerle had gone to the area to check on reports of suspicious activity.

Details on the incident have not been released. LaPerle was treated for a head injury at Eden Medical Center's trauma unit after the incident.

Podborny grew up in Dublin and attended Dublin High School. He had a criminal history and was well known to people in town who saw him on the streets of the city.

Danielle August 27, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Thank you for your service to the community, Officer LaPerle. You made an unenviable, difficult, split-second choice - but one which likely saved your life. I hope you are healing well, both physically and emotionally, and that the trauma to your head was not too serious.
perry August 27, 2011 at 01:29 PM
our family misses you Daryl. Our town will never be the same and we will never forget your sweet face and how polite you always were to us for the last 15 years. It was a tragic loss to so many and our family cried over the whole incident. I dont think anyone will ever really know what happened that day. My prayers go out to both sides, to Daryl and his family for their loss to the officer im sure she has had to deal with alot of healing and alot of outrage from the community. Its so sad for everyone. May God bless all involved. RIP Daryl you will always mean so much to our family and will remain in our hearts forever.
Tabitha K September 03, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Oakland police shoot deer & dogs. Now Dublin is getting brave and shooting homeless people. Ever dealt with a Dublin cop? They tend to go for the victim instead of finding the real bad guys, cause you know, it's more work to go after the person who is breaking the law! Don't even bother to call them when you are robbed or assaulted, it's too much work for them.

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