My father is a member of the Mansfield Police Dept. On Christmas night one of the off duty officers, Brian Evans, went to a movie with his family, including his brother Larry. Larry had a history of some psychiatric problems, not too severe since he'd been employed as a prison guard for awhile. Anyway, Larry had been acting strangely for a few days, but at the movies he just up and left. No one is sure why, even to this day. The group stayed and watched the movie, then headed back to Larry's to drop off Larry's wife.
Brian's wife and his sister arrived first. Larry was there, he shot both of them but they managed to escape and run to a neighbors house. Larry then shot this neighbor, an innocent bystander who was just coming home (they lived in a duplex) and tried to help Larry. Brian then arrived with Larry's wife. Brian saw that his brother had completely lost it, he saw the neighbor lying dead, and he immediately sent Larry's wife away while he tried to help Larry. Larry first shot several rounds into his wife's car as she was driving away, and then turned the gun on Brian. He held police at bay for several hours before he finally gave up.
By all accounts, Brian and Larry were best friends. Brian knew that Larry had problems, but he'd tried to help him out as much as he could. He gave his life trying to save Larry's wife, and ultimately trying to save Larry.
The Chief of Police declared that Brian had died in the line of duty, he had a duty to act and his actions saved the life of Larry's wife. He was buried with the full honors befitting a fallen hero. The picture in the siggie is of his fellow police officers at his gravesite. (In fact, you can see my dad in the background, but that's not why I picked that one...lol).
Brain had just turned 37 (my age), and he left behind a wife who had been his high school sweetheart, and a ten year old daughter.
Larry was indicted yesterday on 19 counts, including the murder of his brother and the neighbor, and the attempted murder of his wife, his sister, his SIL, and four law enforcement officers. He could face the death penalty.
According to everyone who knows this family, Larry literally suffered a pyschotic break and would have never hurt anyone, including his brother. But he did, and this family, this community is devestated.
Please remember them in your prayers.
You can read the full account of the indictments here...
there is a box on the right hand side of the article with a complete listing of all of the articles printed, including a couple photo galleries.
There is even a very somber video of the funeral...but all you hear is the 21 gun salute, taps, and the hooves of the horse as it is led past in the *missing rider* tribute. It is heart wrenching...
Thanks for asking for those who did. And thank you for your prayers for this family.
Edited by chel, 03 January 2008 - 09:56 PM.