NEW YORK CITY – Funeral services were held today for a New York police officer who was killed by friendly fire. Family, friends, fellow officers and city leaders filled Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn to say good-bye to 25-year officer Omar Edwards. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police commissioner delivered eulogies.
Police say Edwards was wearing plain clothes while chasing a suspect last Thursday who had broken into his car in East Harlem.
Then after plain clothes officers ordered the suspect and Edwards to stop. Police say Edwards turned toward them with his gun out.
That’s when one of the officers shot Edwards, killing him.
Edwards was posthumously promoted to detective. He was married and had two young children.