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Police Officer Shawn Barrington Silvera | Lino Lakes Police Department, Minnesota Lino Lakes Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

Shawn Barrington Silvera

Lino Lakes Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 126

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to 42 years

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Officer Shawn Silvera was struck and killed while deploying stop sticks on I-35 in an attempt to stop a vehicle being pursued by officers.

The pursuit had started in Chisago County when officers attempted to serve a South Dakota felony warrant on a male. Officer Silvera had just placed the stop sticks on the roadway when the driver of the vehicle swerved around them and struck him. Officer Silvera had positioned himself on the median of the highway.

After striking Officer Silvera, the vehicle continued into the northbound lanes and struck an oncoming vehicle. The suspect then attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody. The suspect was charged with second degree murder in connection with Officer Silvera's death. He plead guilty and was sentenced to serve 42 years.

Officer Silvera had served with the Lino Lakes Police Department for 7 years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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I remember that night so well and how sad it was although I did not know Officer Silvera. I cried when I watched the news realizing I had been stuck in the traffic on the Lake Drive Bridge because of the traffic controls and never knew what it was all about. To know that someone intentionally took a Police Officer is unforgivable. I am sorry but 42 years is not enough time for intentionally murdering anyone let alone the officers that serve our country. May Officer Silvera rest in peace and shine on in our memories.

Betty Bailey
Lexington Citizen
September 10, 2016


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