Suspect indicted in deaths of Sunset police officer, others

Suspect indicted in deaths of Sunset police officer, others

OPELOUSAS, LA (AP) - A St. Landry Parish grand jury has indicted the man accused of stabbing a woman to death and killing a Sunset police officer in August.

Harrison Lee Riley, 35, is officially charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Officer Henry Nelson and Shameka Johnson. He is also charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder in the attacks on Surlay Johnson and his own wife Courtney Jolivette.  There is also a charge of aggravated criminal damage to the Sunset Mini Mart Store.

According to Taylor, Riley could face the death penalty if convicted of first degree murder. A person convicted of attempted first degree murder faces up to 50 years in prison without the benefit of probation or parole. The aggravated criminal damage charge comes with a sentence of up to 15 years.

Officer Henry Nelson, was shot and killed on August 26, 2015 while responding to a domestic stabbing incident less than a mile from the police department.

The suspect, Harrison Lee Riley, is family to the Johnsons, all cousins, and he was cousin to Officer Henry Nelson as well.

Deputies say after the incident on Anna Street, Riley then took off and crashed a car inside a gas station less than a mile away. People inside the mini-mart immediately fled. However when Riley tried to escape he was trapped by deputies who arrived, causing him to barricade himself inside the office.

Riley was later arrested at the Sunset Mini Mart after a two-hour standoff with police.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said they believe Riley was under the influence of drugs, possibly PCP. Shortly after he was arrested, the gas station caught fire adding to the chaos.

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