Thousands gather for funeral of fallen deputy

Published On: Feb 15 2014 01:37:29 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 17 2014 06:22:16 AM EST

Thousands gathered in Orlando for the funeral of fallen deputy Jonathan Pine, including Governor Rick Scott.


Thousands gathered in Orlando Saturday for the funeral of Deputy Jonathan Pine.

Deputy Pine was killed on February 11 after he was attempting to question a car burglar in west Orange County.

Pine was shot three times by 28-year-old Benjamin Holtermann who was attempting to get away from the deputy.

Holtermann ran away and was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said.

The funeral, which drew thousands of people including family, friends and fellow law enforcement from around the state also brought Governor Rick Scott to pay condolences to the fallen deputy, was held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando.

At the time of the incident, Pine was wearing a bulletproof vest, which stopped two of the shots, according to sheriff's officials, who said the third bullet went under Pine's arm and into his chest.

The shooting was captured on video from a sheriff's helicopter that was assisting Pine. 

"It shows Deputy Pine chasing a fleeing suspect (and) ultimately being shot.  And then it shows life slipping away from him," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.

Officials said motorists should expect traffic delays on State Road 408 after the service at First Baptist Church as Pine's body is taken to Woodlawn Memorial in West Orange County.

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