Funeral services were held Tuesday, and another service is scheduled for Wednesday, in honor of a fallen Georgia police officer who was shot to death during a traffic stop last Thursday.
As reported by Fox Atlanta, a funeral for 25-year-old DeKalb County Police Officer Edgar Flores was held Tuesday morning at All Saints Catholic Church, located in Dunwoody. A second service is scheduled for Wednesday at Flowery Branch’s Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
A funeral procession reportedly preceded the first funeral, with a multitude of the state’s police officials present.
According to WSAV, Flores was shot to death after pulling over a vehicle “on a busy road near Atlanta” on Thursday. The driver, identified as 33-year-old Brandon Taylor, of Decatur, allegedly attempted to take off from the scene when Flores gave chase. Police said that’s when Taylor brandished a handgun and shot the officer, who succumbed to his injuries at an area hospital.
The suspect was subsequently discovered “hiding in a pile of tires behind a business,” according to the news station. He then reportedly exchanged gunfire with officials, and was hit multiple times by returning gunfire. He died at a local hospital, according to police.
Authorities also reported that a K9 was injured when the suspect shot it, and is currently in stable condition.
Flores joined the DeKalb police force in May of last year after graduating from the police academy in November.
[Feature Photo: Edgar Flores, DeKalb County Police Department]