Hayward police today released a recording of a 911 call by an 11-year-old girl who calmly but emphatically said her father was threatening to kill her mother with a knife. The tape ends with the sound of two gunshots fired by a Hayward police officer that killed the father, 37-year-old Donny Gene Simmons Jr. Hayward police said the officer was forced to shoot Simmons in the incident at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of West Tennyson Road shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 because he came toward the officer with a knife raised.
In the 911 call, Simmons’ 11-year-old daughter said Simmons “said he was going to kill my mom.” The girl told the dispatcher that Simmons was counting down to an attack on her mother. “He’s counting down to kill her or something,” the 11-year-old said. At another point, the girl said she saw her father with a knife and told the dispatcher, “He’s going to stab my mom.” The 11 year-old said, “Please hurry” and described the knife as “one of those long ones, like, it’s silver.
” The dispatcher praised the girl for doing “a really good job” of describing the situation and told her to stay out of harm’s way. Toward the end of the 8-minute tape, the dispatcher told the girl that officers were getting ready to kick open the door to the apartment. At that point, two gunshots are heard and the girl’s 12-year-old sister screamed. The incident is under investigation by Hayward police and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
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