Residents all around Georgetown, DE are still in shock, and mourn the shooting death of Officer Chad Spicer. A search continues for a third suspect in the case,
For a small, heart-broken town in southern Delaware it was the first step in the healing process, a prayer service for fallen Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer.
The service was held at Grace United Methodist Church for family, friends and community members.
“To pray for our local officers and our local departments,” said Roxanne Bachman of Georgetown, who attended the service. “They need to be kept safe.”
Spicer was fatally shot Tuesday night while chasing three suspects wanted for a shooting at a fast-food restaurant.
The 29-year-old Georgetown native was one day away from celebrating his one-year anniversary with the department.
“I have a granddaughter and she and her husband are police officers,” said Jean Adams, who also attended the service. “I know how hard it is on the families and friends and the officers themselves when they lose someone close like that.”
Some who attended the service say it was quiet and somber, with about a half-dozen ministers offering prayers and thanks to all of the safety and emergency personnel who helped out.
Authorities throughout the state are still busy as a massive man-hunt continues for 20-year-old Christopher Reeves, the lone suspect who has not been apprehended.
Spicer is believed to be the first Georgetown officer killed in the line of duty. Thursday’s service was a chance for the community to grieve together.
“I think when something happens like this in a small town it brings people closer together,” Bachman said. “And coming here was just one way to show our unity to let the officers and the other departments know that we are behind them a hundred percent.”
A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Friday night, 6 to 7 p.m. at the Circle in Georgetown.
Funeral services have yet to be scheduled.
Police are asking anyone with information pertaining to this case to call investigators at 302-856-5850 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous.