The first-ever Livonia (MI) Police Officer killed by gunfire on duty—Officer Larry Nehasil—was fatally wounded by a burglary suspect during a shootout on Monday January 17, 2011 in Oakland County, Michigan.
At approximately 6:00 pm, Officer Nehasil was surveying an area ten miles north-northwest of Livonia, when he witnessed two suspects allegedly wanted for several burglaries attempting to break into a house.
When police tried to detain the suspects, gunfire erupted, striking 48-year-old Officer Nehasil. Terribly injured, the 20-year Livonia (MI) Police veteran managed to return fire and kill one of the gunmen. The remaining suspect was arrested by officials and taken into custody.
In addition to his two decades spent with the Livonia (MI) P.D., Officer Nehasil also served the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff’s Office. “He stood in the gap to protect others from harm and for that Officer Nehasil will always be remembered as a hero,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.
Officer Nehasil is the third Livonia (MI) officer fatality in history. He is one of the seven gunfire-related fatalities to date in the first month of the New Year.
Officer Larry Nehasil is survived by his wife and two kids, who proudly affirmed in a released statement that he “died doing the job he loved, serving the city in which he grew up as a child with pride and honor.”
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