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Hundreds line up to pay respects to slain Racine officer

June 26, 2019
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From right, Kyle Snyder, his daughters Alyssa, 10, and Ava, 12, and his mother, Lisa Meyers stand in the median of Sheridan Road to pay their respects as the procession for Racine police John Hetland makes its way down the road after his funeral at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP)

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of police officers have paid their final respects to a Racine officer who was fatally shot while trying to stop an armed robbery.

Police on motorcycles led a procession for Officer John Hetland after his funeral Wednesday at Carthage College in Kenosha. The Kenosha News reports bagpipers played as hundreds of officers from various agencies and members of the public lined up to honor Hetland.

A group of six Racine Police officers carried out Hetland’s casket, draped in an American flag, as other officers saluted.

Hetland was off-duty when he was fatally shot on June 17 when he tried to intervene in an armed robbery at Teezers Bar and Grill. Authorities say Hetland jumped over the bar and confronted a masked, armed man when he was shot.

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