August 27, 2015

Henry Nelson - Police Officer Fatality - Sunset, Louisiana

Police Officer Henry Nelson, age 51, died in the line of duty on August 26, 2015, at a hospital near Sunset, Louisiana.

Officer Nelson was a member of the Sunset Police Department. He had 13 years of service. 

Officer Henry Nelson (L); Harrison Wiley Jr. (R)
Sunset is a town in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, about 145 miles west of New Orleans. The population is just under 3,000.

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Henry and
for those who have lost him.
At approximately 3:00 p.m., Officer Nelson was responding to a domestic disturbance call in which three women had been stabbed by a male subject at a house in Sunset.

When Officer Nelson arrived on the scene, somehow the suspect grabbed the officer's gun and opened fire, fatally wounding Henry.

Henry was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he died of his injuries.

The subject fled the scene and crashed his vehicle into a nearby gas station where he barricaded himself in for several hours. He was apprehended after a SWAT team made entry into the gas station.

The women stabbed were Shameka Johnson, age 40, who tragically died of her injuries; her sister Shurlay Johnson, age 34; and Courtney Jolivette Wiley, the wife of the suspected killer.

The suspected killer is Harrison Wiley Jr., age 35. He is originally from New Orleans. He is Officer Nelson's cousin. Relatives said that he was high on drugs when he started attacking the women.

Harrison Wiley Jr. will be charged with two counts of first degree murder and other charges. He could face the death penalty.

The Sunset Police Department is in mourning over the death of their brother. Henry was a well respected officer. He was a big man who kept a smile on his face. He will be forever remembered.

Henry's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He loved life. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Henry is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his daughter.

Thank you for your service to the community, Henry.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to others. They are killing us, Father. Amen.

Pray that Henry is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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