Friends, family say goodbye to slain deputy

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by Catherine Holland and Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on January 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 13 at 5:13 PM

PHOENIX -- Family, friends and colleagues paid their final respects to a Maricopa County sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last weekend.

Funeral services for Deputy William Coleman were held Friday morning at North Phoenix Baptist Church, followed by interment at Phoenix Memorial Park.

Coleman, 50, was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call in a medical plaza in Anthem in the early morning hours of Jan. 8. He had been with MCSO for nearly 20 years.

The deputy was slated to return to a day shift in the near future, which would have allowed him to spend more time with his family. He also had started contemplating the possibility of retirement from MCSO.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio called Coleman an outstanding deputy and said he dedicated his whole life to law enforcement.

“It’s a sad day for law enforcement and for the people of Maricopa County that he's trying to protect,” Arpaio said.

The suspect in Coleman's death, Drew Maras, was shot to death by other deputies after open firing with an automatic rifle. Maras is also the suspect in a double homicide near Sedona.

Coleman, a resident of New River, leaves behind two young children in Arizona and other children out of state.

 
 

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