Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 7 years
Badge # 126
Cause: Vehicular assault
Incident Date: 9/6/2005
Suspect: Sentenced to 42 years
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.