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Slain San Diego officer honored in memorial

Thousands of mourners gathered in San Diego to honor officer Jeremy Henwood, who was gunned down while on duty.

August 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Thousands of mourners gathered in San Diego to honor a police officer gunned down while on duty.

Law enforcement officers from around the state joined family, friends and officials to pay their respects to Officer Jeremy Henwood on Friday.

The ex-Marine and four-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department was shot and killed last weekend. Henwood was waiting at a stop light Saturday night when a car pulled up next to him, and a passenger opened fire. Officers fatally shot the suspected assailant during an armed confrontation a short time after Henwood was shot.

About 600 law enforcement vehicles with their emergency lights flashing accompanied the hearse carrying Henwood's remains in a ceremonial procession from Qualcomm Stadium to the Rosecrans Street chapel where the funeral took place.

During the service, the Marine Corps gave Henwood a posthumous promotion from caption to major.

Gov. Jerry Brown was among the officials attending.

The 36-year-old was remembered as a generous and upbeat leader.

City News Service contributed to this report.