Police Officer Henry Nelson
Sunset Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tour of Duty: 13 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 26, 2015
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
Agency Contact Information
Police Chief Luis Padilla
Sunset Police Department
139 Castille Street
Sunset, LA 70584
Phone: (337) 662-5555
Police Officer Henry Nelson was shot and killed at approximately 3:00 pm while responding to a domestic disturbance call where three women had been stabbed by a male subject at a home on Anna Street in Sunset. When Officer Nelson arrived the subject opened fire and fatally wounded him.
The subject fled the scene and crashed his vehicle into a nearby gas station where he barricaded himself for several hours. He was apprehended after a SWAT team made entry into the gas station.
Officer Nelson was airlifted to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. One of the three stabbing victims also died.
Officer Nelson had served with the six-person Sunset Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his daughter.
A police officer was fatally shot with his own firearm Wednesday after he responded to a call at a Louisiana home, authorities say.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz told the Associated Press that Officer Henry Nelson was killed in the encounter, which occurred in the small town of Sunset, some 69 miles from Baton Rouge.
“Nothing made him mad,” Sunset Police Chief Luis Padilla told the AP. “He loved life. Came into work with a smile and left work with a smile.”
A woman, identified as Shameka Johnson, was also stabbed during the incident, and died from her injuries.
In total, three women (including Johnson) suffered stab wounds during the Wednesday confrontation, to which Nelson was responding, according to the Advocate, a newspaper in Baton Rouge. The two other women were hospitalized.
One of those women was reportedly the wife of Harrison Lee Riley, the suspect in the incident. The other was the sister of Johnson.
Riley fled the scene after the stabbings and shooting, the AP reported. He wound up at a nearby convenience store, with the wire service reporting that he told police “he wouldn’t come out and was ready to fight.”
Here’s how the Advocate described what happened:
Guidroz said the incident unfolded as a Sunset police officer responded to a report about 3 p.m. of a domestic dispute on Anna Street. He said Riley was arguing with his wife when the two Johnson sisters intervened. Nelson, responding to the call, was shot with his own gun, which Riley had taken from him during a struggle, Guidroz said.
He said Riley fled about three blocks away to the mini mart and gas station, where he crashed his car into the market and holed up.
“It went to hell in a hand basket from there,” Guidroz said.
Riley was taken to a hospital after the standoff ended, and was expected to be booked into jail after he was released, the newspaper reported. Guidroz told the Associated Press that a SWAT team helped apprehend Riley, deploying tear gas and using tools to enter the store to locate the suspect.