AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Members of the law enforcement community and residents alike paused Friday morning to pay their final respects to fallen Austin Police officer Jorge Pastore.
Pastore's final patrol and procession began from Weed Corley Fish Funeral Home near MoPac & 2222 just after 8 a.m. Friday morning, with hundreds of law enforcement officers staging to take part in the funeral procession.
That procession stretched from the funeral home, north on MoPac Bouelvard to U.S. Highway 183, east to Interstate 35, and south into the downtown area, passing by APD Headquarters, Sixth Street, the State Capitol, and on to Circuit of The Americas.
Austin Mayor Kirk Watson was among several who spoke at a memorial service and celebration of life for Pastore at Circuit of the Americas Friday morning.
"He was our protector. A defender of our community," Watson said. "This man was a shield against fear and harm, wrongdoing and danger. He was a police officer."
Pastore was fatally wounded during a SWAT incident in southwest Austin last weekend, as part of a team of officers working to resolve a hostage situation. Pastore and another officer were shot during that exchange; the second officer is now recovering from his injuries at home.