As loved ones mourn the death of Officer Larry Nehasil, we are learning more about what led up to the deadly shooting.
FOX 2's Alexis Wiley spoke with a neighbor who saw it all unfold. He believes he saw at least one of the suspects in the neighborhood about a week ago. He says he was going door-to-door selling home improvement equipment.
"I looked to the window and I (saw) the guy when they got him," said Juan Lopez.
That's when Lopez grabbed his camera, capturing the moment Livonia police arrested 48-year-old Terry Bowling. However, to understand the ending of this awful story, you will have to understand the beginning.
It all started around five o'clock Monday afternoon. Police say Terry Bowling and his brother, 44-year-old David Bowling, saw the homeowners leaving a Walled Lake home.
"She said, 'Carl, somebody just got out of the car, walked up to the house, looked into the windows," said Carl Speas.
However, a neighbor wasn't the only one watching.
"Livonia had developed information that these guys were out pulling B&Es, so their surveillance crew was following them around. They followed them up to Walled Lake," said Oakland County Under Sheriff Michael McCabe.
The two brothers from Detroit have lengthy criminal records dating back to the eighties. Police believe they're part of a ring responsible for several break-ins throughout Wayne County.
"The second suspect comes back in the car, backs up to the garage. He'd been contacted by his brother inside," McCabe said.
"When the garage door opened, my wife said I'm calling 911," Speas said.
However, within seconds, Livonia surveillance units swooped in.
"The one suspect in the car tried to flee. They boxed him in," said McCabe.
That's when Terry Bowling allegedly hopped out of the car and took off running. He was later arrested. His brother reportedly ran in the opposite direction.
"I said, 'There's a second one in the back.' I could see him through the door. He looked through the door that's in the back of the garage and then he went out of sight," said Speas.
That's when Livonia Police Officer Larry Nehasil ran after him.
"He chased him into the back yard where he was able to confront him at some point in time up near the fence line," McCabe said.
"After they started pursuing him, the police officers, that's when I heard bam, bam ... bam, bam, bam," Speas said.
"The suspect was hit twice. Officer Nehasil was hit five times," said McCabe.
One of those bullets hit Officer Nehasil in the head, killing him. David Bowling was hit in the chest and stomach. The gun used to kill the officer was stolen and actually belonged to the family who lived in the targeted home.
"They're career criminals. They obviously hadn't been rehabilitated, and they're not going to be rehabilitated. Well, one's dead now and the other one's going to be going away for a long time, probably the rest of his life," said McCabe.
"It's just tragic. He's got a wife and family," said Speas.
"When one officer gets killed, everybody in the State of Michigan suffers. Everybody across the country suffers," McCabe said.
Funeral arrangements have just been finalized for Officer Nehasil. A public visitation is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday from 12:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, which is located at 37000 Six Mile Road in Livonia.
The funeral will be on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, which is located at 47650 North Territorial Road.
The family of Larry Nehasil released a statement Tuesday calling him one of the finest human beings you could imagine.
"Larry was our devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Larry died doing the job he loved, serving the city in which he grew up as a child with pride and honor."
The statement also reads, "His murder reminds us of the dangers that all police officers face daily. He will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of meeting and knowing him."
A memorial fund has been set up for the family. Donations can be made in person at any Huntington National Bank or mailed to the Livonia Police Department. You're asked to make checks payable to the "Larry Nehasil Memorial Fund".
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