Ohio police officer laid to rest

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Girard (Ohio) Police Officer Justin Leo was laid to rest Sunday afternoon after being slain in the line of duty.

Law enforcement from across the country, including members of the Erie Police Department, joined hundreds of mourners who remembered Leo.  The 31-year-old officer was responding to a domestic call when he was fatally shot on Saturday, Oct. 21. It happen in the Girard, Ohio, a northern suburb of Youngstown.

A second responding officer returned fire and killed the assailant, who has been identified as Jason Marble.  Leo was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

The community lined the streets Sunday for the funeral procession that made its way to the service at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.  Mourners came from near and far, including Bev Lawrence, who asked, “Everyday, how many police and individuals put their lives on the line, potentially, and make the sacrifice of their life like Officer Leo did?”

Leo had been with the Girard Police Department for five years.

Governor Flags in Ohio were lowered to half-staff to honor the fallen officer for his service and sacrifice.

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