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Colorado church, widow remember fallen officer

2 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, November 28 2015 Nov 28, 2015 November 28, 2015 8:00 PM November 28, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APnewsNow

COLORADO SPRINGS - The University of Colorado police officer who died in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic has been remembered with laughs and cheers at the church where he was a co-pastor.
    
Parishioners at the nondenominational Hope Chapel remembered 44-year-old Garrett Swasey on Sunday as a trusted partner in prayer and a champion athlete.
    
The officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, was one of three people killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at a nearby Planned Parenthood.
    
Swasey's widow, Rachel Swasey, said in a statement Sunday that "his last act was for the safety and well-being of others." She says the family will cherish memories of him tossing the football with his son and snuggling with his daughter.
    
The community also honored Garrett Swasey at two vigils Saturday.
    
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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says the two civilian victims killed in the shooting at a Planned Parenthood were a man and a woman.
    
Three people, including a police officer, died Friday when a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
    
Hickenlooper told CNN on Sunday that he thinks the additional victims are a man and a woman, but he didn't elaborate. The two have not been identified.
    
The only victim named so far is Garrett Swasey, a 44-year-old officer at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
    
Police say 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear attacked the clinic. He is in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

 

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A law enforcement official says the suspect in the attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic made a comment about "no more baby parts" after his arrest.

The official could not elaborate about the comment. Planned Parenthood said in a statement Saturday that witnesses said the gunman was motivated by his opposition to abortion.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation. Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack.

Police say Robert Lewis Dear killed three people during the shooting rampage and hours-long standoff at the clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday. Dear is in custody and is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday.

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