Word from top coppers in Boise of another funeral Tuesday, January 5, in Tacoma following the ambush shooting of a Pierce County deputy sheriff. Boise will send the standard two man honor guard and a pair of motorcycle officers at city expense. The deputy who died was one of two who were shot by a drunk, but they killed the shooter in a gunfight.
Ada Sheriff Gary Raney is personally attending and has a mix of deputies attending on their own time and on the clock with at least one paying his own way.
As a spokesman for Pierce County said, they are getting pretty good at funerals, but it isn’t a skill they particularly like. The last one was for four coppers killed at a coffee shop. That one was so big they didn’t allow public attendance at the Tacoma Dome, but this time there probably won’t be the 1,000 Canadian Mounties or as many visiting coppers, so they are encouraging citizens to attend–a good move in our book.
Show funerals mean a lot to the law enforcement community. Let’s hope Western Washington doesn’t get to return the favor anytime soon.
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