Stuart H. Guy





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Stuart H. Guy

A former LAPD officer, Stuart was involved in the North Hollywood Shoot-Out, an incident where 17 officers were shot, including Stuart. Severely traumatized, Stuart left law enforcement and became a pastor with his own church, and helps police officers cope with violent encounters.









After eight years as a Los Angeles Police Department officer, Stuart was shot during the 1997 North Hollywood Shoot-Out. For 44 minutes, he and his partners and many members of the LAPD were fired upon by high powered AK-47s and other machine guns. Two bank robbers covered in body armor shot 17 people while trying to escape the scene of their crime. They were eventually shot to death, but not before changing the lives of many wounded officers. Amazingly, nobody was killed, except for the robbers.

Grievously wounded, Stuart believes he survived the shoot-out because he had a spiritual calling and the will to survive. After his physical wounds had healed, he left the police department and became a pastor for the Crenshaw Christian Center. A few years later, he returned to his homeland, Panama, and served as a pastor and counselor for children and singles. In 2008, he launched his own church, Centro Cristiano Vida.

Stuart understands what it is like to experience violent encounters and be wounded physically and psychologically. Most of all, he understands the spiritual wounds that result from being shot and shot at.  As a counselor, he wishes to help other police officers and their departments in similar situations.


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