Sunset Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 13 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Offender: In custody
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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 was able to gain control of his service weapon and fatally shot 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.
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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Henry was killed.
To the Nelson family, fellow officers, and all who call Henry beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. I also recognize what a tremendous loss this must be to a small department.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Nelson gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 26, 2015.