Las Vegas detective killed after steel beam falls on cruiser
The department described Det. Justin Terry's death as a tragic accident
Duty Death: Justin Terry - [Las Vegas, Nevada]
End of Service: 06/10/2022
By Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — A veteran Las Vegas police detective was the motorist killed when a steel crossbar marking low clearance at a freeway construction project collapsed atop his vehicle, the department announced Friday.
Justin Terry, 45, was on duty in an unmarked Las Vegas police car when he died in what the department termed a tragic accident on U.S. 95 near the 215 Beltway interchange in northwest Las Vegas.
Police said Terry joined the department in 2001 and was currently assigned to the homicide sex crimes bureau. He was also part of a sex offender apprehension detail and worked with a U.S. Marshals task force.
The married father of two also was credited with starting a police dirt bike program that let officers ride into hard-to-reach desert locations to find and serve the homeless.
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that bystanders tried to provide aid before paramedics and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers arrived following the 7 a.m. incident.
Justin Hopkins, a Nevada Department of Transportation official, told the newspaper an oversized piece of construction equipment being towed on a trailer dislodged the beam erected as a height warning for trucks approaching the overpass work zone.
SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT— KTVN 2 News (@KTVN) June 10, 2022
The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) says one of their detectives was killed Friday morning in a car accident. LVMPD said Detective Justin Terry served with the police department for nearly 21 years in a variety of roles. https://t.co/XE1bwugvOy pic.twitter.com/PkKekj1mxA
#NEW: "That beam is not supposed to fall down"— @SeanKTNV (@seanktnv) June 11, 2022
NDOT officials and NV State Police are investigating after a beam fell onto US 95 killing Metro Detective Justin Terry.
At the same time, a new beam is up worrying some.
FULL STORY @KTNV: https://t.co/UqNTbW26Lk pic.twitter.com/Yvl2XbKSau