Chief Louie Padilla of the Sunset Police Department in Louisiana sadly reports the death of Officer Henry Nelson.
Nelson, 51, was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance call. Officer Nelson was the first responder at the scene of a domestic assault where three other persons had beed stabbed. When Officer Nelson arrived, the suspect immediately opened fire on Nelson who fell in the front yard of the residence.
The suspect, identified as Harrison Lee Wiley Jr. fled the scene of the shooting and drove his vehicle into a convenience store to gain entry into the building. Three people in the building, including the employee all escaped without injury. The suspect then barricaded himself in the store’s business office.
Officer Nelson was flown via medical helicopter to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds a short time later.
A SWAT team used fire department equipment in an attempt to gain entry to the office and subsequently used tear gas to get the suspect out of the building. The suspect even set the building on fire to avoid capture, but the fire department quickly extinguished the flames. After a two hour stand off, Wiley was taken into custody.
Officer Nelson served the Sunset Police Department over twelve years. He was a lifelong resident and active in the community working in the library and other community events. He is survived by his only daughter, Alyssa.
Officer Henry Nelson-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
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