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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

Incident Date: 9/6/2005

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: 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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Thinking of your family and dear mother whom I have met as another year is soon to pass. Hoping cherished memories provide some comfort and peace. Thank you Officer Silvera for your dedication to serve and protect. Heroes are never forgotten.

G. Birkholz
mother of Officer Craig Birkholz, E.O.W. 3/20/11
August 24, 2014

 

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