YARMOUTH, Mass. - Thousands of people gathered to pay their respects to a Yarmouth police officer who was shot and killed while serving a warrant last week.
The wake was held for K-9 Officer Sean Gannon beginning at 4 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, and continued well into the evening hours.
His funeral will be held at the same church Wednesday morning, and a private burial will follow.
Gannon, 32, was shot and killed last week while he and other officers were serving a warrant at a home in Barnstable.
His K-9 partner, Nero, was also shot and is recovering at a veterinary hospital.
There was a procession from the funeral home on West Main Street in Hyannis to the church.
That procession took Gannon’s body to the church in Yarmouth for the start of the wake at 4 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. an hours-long procession made up of thousands of uniformed law enforcement members passed through the church.
"Women, children, men and boys, every one of them was quiet, respectful. The first time I think I could I think hear a pin drop and you could hear it on Route 28," Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson said.
Sound of barking K9 units outside St. Pius X Roman Catholic church in Yarmouth as officers continue to arrive for Officer Sean Gannon’s wake. Crowd growing outside church for solemn tribute to fallen officer #Boston25 #Yarmouth pic.twitter.com/8UCjNlY0J3— Drew Karedes (@DrewKaredes) April 17, 2018
Barnstable and Yarmouth police officers have been keeping watch over Gannon’s body since he was killed. That will continue Tuesday night when an honor guard will remain at the church until the start of his funeral mass Wednesday morning.
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