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Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Nicholas Sloan - [Saint Louis, Missouri]
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Police Officer Nicholas Sloan St. Louis Police Department
End of Watch: Friday, January 30th, 2004 Date of Incident: Friday, January 30th, 2004 Age: 24 Years Tour of Duty: 3 Years Weapon Used: Officer's handgun Suspect Info: Dennis E. Hathorn, 31; of Centreville, Illinois was then shot to death by the officer's partner. img
During a plain clothes weed and seed operation a suspected drug dealer disarmed, shot and killed St. Louis police officer Nicholas Sloan outside a liquor store on Friday, January 30th, 2004 at about 12:50 p.m. The officer’s partner Gabriel Keithley was shot in the hip, shoulder and stomach before fatally shooting the suspect. Police Chief Mokwa said both wore body armor but were hit above and below it. The fatal shot clipped Sloan's bullet resistant vest, he explained.
Witnesses told police the 31 year old suspect appeared to have sold drugs out of a car before the officers approached. The man got out of the car and was arrested but then violently resisted and managed to grab Sloan's gun and fire.
Officer Nicholas Sloan, 24, was the son of Sgt. Terry Sloan, a 31-year department veteran and head of the city's vice squad and is also survived by his 13-month old child and girlfriend.
"This is an extreme tragedy for the department and all law-abiding citizens of the city of St. Louis," Mayor Francis Slay said. "There's not a whole lot you can tell the family of a police officer who has been shot, and one of whom has been killed."
Visitation and Funeral Details:
Visitation Tuesday Feb. 3rd, 2004 1pm-9pm / Kutis Funeral Home 2906 Gravois Saint Louis, MO
Services Wednesday Feb. 4th, 2004 9:00am / Kutis Funeral Home 2906 Gravois Saint Louis, MO
Mass Wednesday Feb. 4th, 2004 10:00am / Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis 4431 Lindell Saint Louis, MO
Calvary Cemetery 5239 W Florissant Avenue St. Louis, MO
News Links STLTODAY.COM/ St. Louis Post_Dispatch
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