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More than 1,000 mourners remember slain Grand Forks officer

June 2, 2020 GMT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Law enforcement officers, state officials and residents turned out Tuesday to remember a fallen Grand Forks police officer.

Over 1,000 mourners said goodbye to Officer Cody Holte at Ralph Engelstad Arena on the University of North Dakota campus. Holte was 29 when he was killed in a shootout last week as he helped sheriff’s deputies who were serving eviction papers.

Gov. Doug Burgum was among those remembering Holte. Burgum talked about Holte’s service in the National Guard and how proud Holte and his wife, Amanda, were when they attended a UND hockey game with their son, Gunner, now 10 months old. It was the child’s first hockey game.

Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson described Holte as someone who had it right, from family and friends to dedication and service, KVRR-TV reported.

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Burgum ordered state agencies to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday in honor of Holte.

Holte was killed Wednesday in a shooting in Grand Forks. A woman also was killed.

Prosecutors have charged Salamah Pendleton, 41, with two counts of murder in the deaths of Holte and Lola Moore. Authorities said Pendleton used a semi-automatic rifle in the shooting and was shot several times. A deputy also was shot and wounded.