The Latest: Funeral held for Colorado deputy shot by teen

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Posted: Feb 15, 2016 4:20 PM

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Colorado deputy shot by teen suspect at (all times local):

2:01 p.m.

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer, who was shot and killed in the line of duty, was remembered at a funeral service for the commitment he showed his community and his family.

At the end of the hourlong service, hundreds of mourners stood as uniformed fellow officers bore his coffin from a Grand Junction church. The officers marched out in silence at a halting, mournful pace.

In a letter from his wife read during the service, Kate Geer said she and their two children were her husband's priority. Senior Pastor Kirk Yamaguchi also spoke during the service, thanking God that Geer "was willing to lay down his life for the sake of protecting all of us."

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1:16 p.m.

A funeral service is underway for Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer, who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Matt Lewis addressed the mourners at Canyon View Vineyard Church on Monday. Senior Pastor Kirk Yamaguchi also spoke.

Yamaguchi thanked God that Geer "was willing to lay down his life for the sake of protecting all of us."

Geer was shot multiple times Feb. 8 after responding to a report that a person carrying a gun and wearing a bandanna over his face had been spotted near two Grand Junction schools.

A bagpiper played as uniformed colleagues carried Geer's body into the church. Geer's flag-draped coffin was then placed before an array of flowers and a large photograph of the deputy.

Eight pallbearers gave the coffin a slow, solemn salute.

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11:30 a.m.

A bagpiper played as uniformed colleagues carried Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy Derek Geer's body into the church for a funeral service. Geer flag-draped coffin was then placed before an array of flowers and a large photograph of the deputy.

Geer was shot multiple times Feb. 8 after responding to a report that a person carrying a gun and wearing a bandanna over his face had been spotted near two Grand Junction schools.

After bringing in the coffin, the eight pallbearers gave it a slow, solemn salute as family members and other mourners filed in. Some mourners wore blue T-shirts emblazoned with sheriff's stars.

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4:30 a.m.

Law enforcement colleagues are gathering in western Colorado to mourn a sheriff's deputy who was shot and killed by a suspect whom prosecutors have described as a teen drifter who used drugs and stole guns.

Friends and relatives of Derek Geer also are expected at Monday's funeral, along with many who did not know him. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office heard from so many who wanted to pay respects that it arranged for a live stream of the services in a Grand Junction church to be shown in five other churches and a university theater.

Geer was shot multiple times Feb. 8 after responding to a report that a person carrying a gun and wearing a bandanna over his face had been spotted near two Grand Junction schools.

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This story has been corrected to identify the deputy as Derek Geer.