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Las Vegas police identify detective killed in freeway beam fall

Detective Justin Terry

Detective Justin Terry

UPDATE: Las Vegas police identified the officer killed as Detective Justin Terry. He was with the department for 21 years, recently with the homicide and sex crimes bureau. 

Police said he was on duty in his unmarked LVMPD vehicle when the accident occurred. 

He is survived by his wife and two sons. 

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ORIGINAL REPORT: A Las Vegas police officer was the person killed when a steel crossbar marking low clearance at a freeway construction project was hit by a passing truck and collapsed atop his vehicle, authorities said Friday.

A police procession on U.S. 95 to the downtown Clark County coroner’s office followed the removal of the officer’s body more than six hours after the 7 a.m. incident at U.S. 95 and the 215 Beltway in northwest Las Vegas.

Department information officers did not immediately respond to messages, and the officer’s name was not immediately made public.

Kristen DeSilva/KNPR

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It was not immediately clear if he was on-duty at the time. Union chief Steve Grammas, executive director of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, said the vehicle was a department-issued car.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal there was one person in the vehicle and bystanders tried to provide aid before paramedics and Nevada Highway Patrol troopers arrived.

Justin Hopkins, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Transportation, told the newspaper an oversized piece of construction equipment towed on a trailer dislodged the beam erected as a height warning for trucks approaching the overpass work zone.

Kristen DeSilva (she/her) is the online editor for Nevada Public Radio. She curates content on, our weekly newsletter and social media for Nevada Public Radio and Desert Companion.