WATCH: San Marcos community salutes slain officer as procession passes through town

Procession expected to pass through Hays County around 3:20 p.m.

Justin Putnam funeral procession
Justin Putnam funeral procession

Hundreds of residents across Hays County paid tribute to San Marcos Officer Justin Putnam as the fallen officer’s body was taken to a funeral home Monday afternoon.

Many waved American flags and saluted as the procession traveled from Austin back to San Marcos.

The procession passed through his neighborhood and the San Marcos Police Department before ending at Thomason Funeral Home.

Putnam, 31, was killed in the line of duty Saturday as he and two other officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The suspect, identified as Alfredo Perez Delacruz, had body armor and ambushed the officers as they entered the home.

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Putnam was fatally shot while Officer Franco Steward and Officer Justin Mueller were injured in the shooting. His body was taken to a medical examiner’s office in Austin and is now being transported back to the funeral home.

Several agencies across Texas expressed their condolences for Putnam in various social media posts.

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Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for four years. He has covered several topics, but specializes in crime, courts, open records and data visualization.