Hundreds of police expected for slain officer’s funeral

Officer Lloyd Reed

NEW FLORENCE, Pa. (AP) – Organizers expect hundreds of officers from around the country to attend the funeral of a slain western Pennsylvania police officer.

The funeral for St. Clair Township Officer Lloyd Reed is being held at the Cambria County War Memorial, a 4,000-seat hockey arena in Johnstown.

Ray Shelter
This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Ray Shetler. Shetler was charged with homicide Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in connection with the fatal shooting a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute. Shetler was captured around 3:15 a.m. after a six-hour manhunt while walking near a power plant outside New Florence, Pa., about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. (Pennsylvania State Police via AP)

Thirty-one-year-old Ray Shetler Jr. is jailed on a charge of criminal homicide because state police say he fatally shot the 54-year-old officer after Reed responded to a domestic dispute at Shetler’s New Florence home on Saturday night.

Police say Shetler told them he didn’t realize Reed was an officer and fired only after Reed shot at him as he exited the home with a rifle.

The Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation says they’ve been fielding inquiries from police nationwide about Friday’s 11 a.m. funeral.

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