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The Latest: Funeral held for fallen Arizona police officer

January 15, 2019

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of an Arizona police officer killed while on duty (all times local):

1 p.m.

The eulogy for a fallen Arizona police officer has been delivered by his brother.

Officer Clayton Townsend of the Salt River Police Department was fatally struck by a vehicle on Jan. 8 while conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 freeway near Scottsdale.

He had served five years with the Salt River Police Department, an agency of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

His funeral was held Tuesday at a Peoria church.

Cole Townsend fought back tears as he remembered his 26-year-old brother, saying his family “feels a void that can never be replaced.”

Clayton Townsend is survived by his widow and a 10-year-old son.

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9:05 a.m.

A lengthy procession led by a white hearse has taken the body of an Arizona police officer killed while on duty to a Peoria church for his funeral Tuesday.

Officer Clayton Townsend of the Salt River Police Department was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Jan. 8 while conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 freeway near Scottsdale.

At the church, an officer escorted Townsend’s widow on one arm while carrying the couple’s 10-month-old son in a baby carried on the other.

The hourlong procession from a Scottsdale funeral home included dozens of police motorcycles and a long line of other law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights.

Traffic was halted on the Loop 101 freeway for the procession, and a giant American flag was hung in tribute from firetrucks’ raised ladders in the driveway to church.

Nearby, Arizona and U.S. flags hung in tribute from Arizona Public Service Co. equipment as utility workers stood with their hands over their hearts.

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8:05 a.m.

A procession led by a white hearse is taking the body of an Arizona police officer killed while on duty to a Peoria church for his funeral Tuesday.

Officer Clayton Townsend of the Salt River Police Department was killed when he was struck by a vehicle Jan. 8 while conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 freeway near Scottsdale.

A long line of law enforcement vehicles with flashing lights escorted the hearse on the same freeway on its route from a Scottsdale funeral home to Peoria as the state Department of Public Safety temporarily halted other traffic.

Townsend is survived by his widow and a 10-month-old child.

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1 a.m.

Authorities say the funeral procession for a fallen Salt River police officer is expected to briefly close parts of a highway and several roads in Phoenix.

The funeral service for Clayton Townsend is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria.

Arizona Department of Transportation officials say the procession will travel along several miles of the Loop 101 from the Scottsdale area to Peoria as well as freeway entrance ramps.

Townsend was fatally struck by a car last Tuesday night while conducting a traffic stop on the Loop 101 near Scottsdale.

He had served five years with the Salt River Police Department, an agency of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Townsend is survived by his widow and a 10-month-old child.

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