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Community Mourns For Fallen Police Officer On Central Coast

(San Luis Obispo Police Department photo)
One of the outdoor memorials for San Luis Obispo Police Detective Luca Benedetti

Thousands attend memorial service in San Luis Obispo

It was a tough day for a Central Coast community, as it said goodbye to a fallen police officer.

San Luis Obispo Police Detective Luca Benedetti died May 10th, when a burglary suspect opened fire on a group of officers serving a search warrant at the man’s apartment. Police say the gunman killed himself shortly after the confrontation.

A huge crowd was on hand Thursday for a memorial service at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center. San Luis Obispo Police Sergeant Caleb Kemp was a longtime friend of the 37-year-old officer. He says Benedetti loved his family, but was also passionate about keeping the community safe.

Benedetti was a police officer for more than a decade with the Atascadero and San Luis Obispo Police Departments. He’s survived by his wife, and two children.