Funeral for slain San Marcos police officer Thursday in Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The funeral for a San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty in April 2020 is taking place Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in Austin.

Officer Justin Putnam was killed in an ambush-style shooting after he and two other officers responded to a domestic violence call April 18, 2020 at a San Marcos apartment complex.

The pandemic led to a more than year-long delay for the funeral service.

It’s being held at Shoreline Church in Austin. The San Marcos Police Department posted a video of the hearse arriving at the church with Putnam’s body prior to the ceremony. The funeral was originally supposed to be livestreamed, but SMPD said technical difficulties prevented that. It will be recorded and posted at a later time, SMPD said.

A public memorial service for Putnam was held one year after the shooting at Five Mile Dam Park in San Marcos.

Full law enforcement honors will take place on the lawn outside the church following the service, and an internment ceremony will be held privately.

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