- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Law officers from around the U.S. and Canada will be on hand to pay their respects during the funeral of a Fargo policeman killed in the line of duty.

Officer Jason Moszer, 33, a six-year veteran of the force, died Feb. 11 of a gunshot wound he suffered during a standoff with a suspect at a house near downtown Fargo. His funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Scheels Arena. The facility can seat up to 6,000 people, and the service is open to the public.

Officers from several states are planning to come, Deputy Police Chief Joe Anderson told WDAY-TV.

“As far away as Maryland, Alaska, New York, who are from here, went to school here, left the area but have ties here and feel compelled to come back to support Officer Moszer and his family,” Anderson said.

City police from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and officers in that province with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police also plan to attend, KFGO radio reported.

“It’s difficult to comprehend,” Winnipeg Constable Eric Hofley said of Moszer’s death. “We all understand that it can be part of the job, but at the end of the day I think every law enforcement officer expects to go home safely to their friends and family.”

Moszer was the first Fargo police officer to die in the line of duty in more than a century. He left behind a wife and two children.

The man suspected of shooting him, Marcus Schumacher, was found dead in the house but police have not said whether he died of a police bullet or shot himself.

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