Thousands mourn slain Wisconsin officer
WESTON, Wis. — Thousands of mourners turned out to say goodbye to a Wisconsin police detective killed in the line of duty along with three others in northern Wisconsin.
USA Today Network-Wisconsin reported an estimated 3,500 people attended the funeral Wednesday for Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland at D.C. Everest High School in Weston. Another 1,500 watched the services on YouTube.
Weiland’s father, Thomas Weiland, remembered his son as “a loving and caring son that made his father proud,” and said the veteran officer “put smiles on everybody’s faces.”
Thomas Weiland took a moment in his remarks to remember the other victims: Dianne Look, Karen Barclay and Sara Quirt Sann.
The funeral procession moved slowly through Wausau and its southern suburbs on Wednesday. A chorus of bagpipers first led the pallbearers with Weiland’s casket to the hearse. Some pallbearers wore Green Bay Packers jerseys in memory of Weiland, who loved the Packers.
The Wausau Daily Herald reported that some volunteers hung blue ribbons along the procession route in the morning.
Jason Weiland was killed last Wednesday while establishing a perimeter during a standoff with a man suspected of fatally shooting two bank employees and an attorney. Police shot the 45-year-old suspect, and he remains in custody.
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