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Funeral arrangements released for murdered officer

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Friday, August 28 2015 Aug 28, 2015 August 28, 2015 3:32 PM August 28, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

SUNSET - The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office released funeral arrangements for a Sunset Police officer who investigators said was murdered during a man's violent rampage this week.

Captain Clay Higgins said Officer Henry Nelson would be laid to rest Sept. 5 at Zion Traveler's Church in Sunset. Viewing would be held starting at 8 a.m., with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. and burial at the church cemetery immediately after.

Higgins, who serves at the sheriff's office public information officer and on the SWAT team, said he went through Academy with Nelson and called the slain officer a dear friend and "a kind soul, a generous man."

Police said Harrison Riley Jr. shot and killed Nelson with the officer's weapon Wednesday after Nelson responded to investigate a reported stabbing. Authorities said Riley also stabbed three women before he shot Nelson, killing Shameka Johnson and wounding the other two women.

Riley later crashed a stolen car into a mini-mart, according to police, and barricaded himself inside until SWAT teams were able to remove him. A fire broke out at the store later Wednesday night, and the store's owner told News 2 Riley tried to start it while he was holed up inside.

Riley faces first degree murder charges for both deaths.

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