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The Police Officer No One Is Talking About

Shay Mikalonis, a police officer responding to riots in Las Vegas, was shot in the head on June 1st. The 29-year-old is on a ventilator, unable to speak, and paralyzed from the neck down. 

The incident occurred when Mikalonis, 29, and other officers were tasked with breaking up a protest of 150 people in the wake of George Floyd. Shortly thereafter, Edgar Samaniego, 20, pulled a gun out of a backpack and began to fire at officers, striking Mikalonis in the head. Mikalonis is recovering at an undisclosed hospital and is surrounded by family.

Mikalonis, a diehard Las Vegas Knights fan, will be getting a signed jersey after a fundraiser was held for him and his family as reported by LVMPD’s bureau chief.

With so much vitriol aimed at police in the current political climate, it’s important to remember the risk they assume every single day. Mikalonis’s life is forever changed by the actions of someone who targeted him by the uniform he was wearing. Law enforcement officers wake up every single morning assuming this risk and put on the uniform anyways. 

Please join me in praying for this officer and his family. 

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