OCALA, Fla. - The body of a western New York native accidentally shot during in a police training session in Florida has been brought back to his hometown for burial.
Police vehicles provided an escort Wednesday morning for the funeral home van carrying Officer Jared Forsyth's body to Lockport in Niagara County, north of Buffalo.
Officials in Florida said the 33-year-old died April 6 after being accidentally shot by another officer at a gun range in Ocala. Authorities said the shooting happened in an area where weapons are cleaned after the officers had completed live firing.
A funeral service was held Monday in Ocala.
Holding back tears, Forsyth's father, Tim Haley, talked about his son's love of his job and the pain of losing his son.
"He loved his family, and boy did he love being a cop," Haley said. "I'm not ashamed to say his death has broken me."
Haley went on to say his son
cop who had been heartbroken about the way police are being portrayed.
"More attention and concern is shown to those trying to kill law enforcement officers than for those brave men and women who risk their lives and their family's well-being every day to keep the wolves from getting at the public," he said.
He also thanked the Ocala Police Department for the support given to his family, saying, "My heart is filled of love and compassion for the Ocala Police Department."
A second funeral is set for Friday morning at a church in Lockport.
Forsyth was a 1999 graduate of Lockport High School. He moved to Florida in 2010 to become a police officer.
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