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Memorial in Everett for officer killed in line of duty

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A procession and memorial service is being held for Everett, Washington, police officer Dan Rocha, who was fatally shot while confronting a suspect in a parking lot late last month.

The memorial service for Rocha, 41, at Everett’s Angel of the Winds Arena Monday afternoon was to be followed by a procession.

Authorities said Rocha, who joined the force in 2017, was fatally shot in the head at least twice after he and suspect Richard Rotter got into an altercation in the parking lot of a Starbucks on March 25.

KOMO reports Rotter, who has a lengthy criminal history, was the subject of a suspicious persons call and prosecutors said Rocha saw him transferring guns from one car to another.

Rotter, 50, has been charged with first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the officer’s death and was being held at the Snohomish County Jail in lieu of a $5 million bond.

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