- Associated Press - Saturday, September 13, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - More than 2,000 mourners turned out Saturday to honor a Topeka police corporal killed in the line of duty.

Jason Harwood, 40, was a decorated 15-year police veteran who was shot after he pulled over a car last weekend. Prosecutors have announced plans to seek the death penalty against the man charged in the killing.

City of Topeka spokeswoman Suzie Gilbert estimated 2,400 people gathered at the Kansas Expocentre’s Landon Arena for a service honoring Harwood. Participants then attended a graveside ceremony in Mount Hope Cemetery, where taps was played and the final radio call was heard, The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1tOyti4) reports.

Officers from more than 70 law enforcement agencies were among the mourners, who remembered Harwood as a model officer.

The observance included the reading of a letter to Harwood from his surviving identical twin brother, Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Harwood. The letter said Jeremy Harwood would do his best to protect Jason Harwood’s brothers and sisters on the Topeka Police Department. It concluded with, “I will see you on the other side.”



Jason Harwood’s wife, Lori Harwood, was present during the ceremony with the couple’s sons.

After a color guard posted flags near the stage, an officer walked down the aisle accompanying Magnum 357, the German shepherd who was Jason Harwood’s K-9 partner before his promotion to corporal two years ago. Magnum lay down in front of the casket before being led off to the right of the stage with his tail between his legs.

Interim Police Chief Tony Kirk read from Jason Harwood’s most recent performance evaluation, which described the slain officer as a “model for integrity and honesty.” Kirk noted that the department had posthumously awarded Jason Harwood with the department’s highest honor, its Medal of Valor.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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