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Metro area officers pay respects to fallen Detroit cop

George Hunter
The Detroit News

First responders from across Metro Detroit stopped by a Sterling Heights funeral home Wednesday to pay respects to slain Detroit Police Sgt. Ken Steil.

Area police officers and firefighters, and at least one police official from Windsor, were among the dozens who filed somberly into Wujek-Calcaterra and Sons funeral home Wednesday. Plainclothes police officers hugged and wept near the parlor’s entrance.

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Fire trucks from Washington Township and Sterling Heights were parked on both sides of the entrance. Their ladders were elevated, holding up a large American flag. Inside, two members of the Detroit Police Honor Guard stood at attention in front of the open casket.

Steil, a married father of two, died Saturday, days after he was shot, allegedly by a 21-year-old man who was wanted for two shootings and a carjacking. The 20-year police veteran, who headed the 9th Precinct Special Operations unit, was 46. The suspect in Steil’s shooting refused to attend a court hearing Wednesday.

Visitation continues from 2-9 p.m. Thursday. His funeral is set for 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake, in St. Clair Shores.

Also on Wednesday, three people were held in Detroit after investigators found a fake fundraising website for the slain officer, police said.


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