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Veteran dies taking bullets for girl; suspect arrested

September 10, 2012
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Veteran dies taking bullets for girl; suspect arrested

Purple Heart recipient saved a young girl from a drive-by shooter

By PoliceOne Staff

DETROIT — An army veteran was killed when he threw himself in front of a drive-by shooter taking aim at a young girl.

David Nelson, 28, was visiting neighbors on his childhood street when a man in a car fired shots at the girl, according to My Fox Detroit. Nelson pushed her out of the way and was struck and killed by gunfire.

Later that night, Detroit Police arrested the suspected shooter and charged him with first degree murder. A driver and a weapon are still being sought.

Nelson received a Purple Heart for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. A vigil was held Thursday at his childhood home.

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