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clock Oct 22, 2006 7:04 am US/Eastern

Mourners Pay Final Respects To Fallen Officer

Hundreds Attend Friday Night's Wake

Slideshow: Officer Michael Briggs Remembered

(CBS4) MANCHESTER, N.H. Family, friends and fellow police officers gathered in Manchester, New Hampshire on Saturday to say thier final goodbyes to Officer Michael Briggs -- the 35-year-old police officer who was fatally shot in the head while responding to a domestic violence call. He died on Tuesday.

The funeral procession traveled from Lamberts Funeral Home to Merchantauto.com stadium, where a memorial service was held on Saturday. The Manchester stadium is where Officer Briggs often took his two sons to watch the minor league baseball team, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

The procession passed by Manchester City Hall, the Manchester Police Department as well as the Hillsborough County House of Correction, then ended at the stadium.

About 4,000 law enforcement officials filled the stands, along with many members of the public.

Several spoke at the service, including New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, who spoke of Briggs� bravery. "We come in grief and, yes, in anger," he said, declaring that "an attack on our protectors is an attack on all of us."

After the funeral, a motorcade will travel to Concord and pass the Statehouse before heading to the New Rye Cemetery in Epsom, Briggs' home town.

On Friday, more than 800 police officers, some of them standing in the rain for hours, paid tribute Friday to an officer killed in the line of duty this week.

Officers from across the state marched in and saluted Briggs' coffin at the Lambert Funeral Home. They work his badge number -- 83 -- on their jackets.

Briggs' two young sons, Brian and Mitchell, wore their father's badges and bike patrol shirts at the wake.

"He was the all-American dad, he always talked about taking his kids to football," said Briggs' partner, Officer Nate Linstad.

"Mitchell already asked me to promise to play catch with him when baseball starts, a bunch of us were up there yesterday playing kickball with the boys," said Linstad.

Since the shooting, mourners have left bouquets of flowers and signed a guest book near the scene and at other makeshift memorials in a yard nearby and at the police station.

"No one is going to forget about Mike and no one is going to forget about his family. He's got two little boys and we're going to be part of their life," said Linstad.

Michael Addison, 26, of Manchester, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Briggs.

Addison was arrested in Boston on Monday and remains jailed there on $2 million bail while he fights his return to New Hampshire, where he could be sentenced to death if convicted. The attorney general's office says it could take up to 60 days.

He was traced to Boston through the woman who drove him there, according to the driver's brother. Russell Knee said his sister, Angel Alden, was told Addison had a family emergency in the city and drove him there as a favor.

Alden, whose half-sister was dating Addison, didn't know he was the object of a massive manhunt until police called her cell phone while she was in Boston, Knee told the New Hampshire Union Leader. The women spoke to police when they returned to Manchester on Monday afternoon and within hours Addison was arrested at his grandmother's apartment.

The attorney general's office on Wednesday upgraded charges against Addison from attempted murder to capital murder after autopsy results confirmed that Briggs died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities say Briggs was shot 15 minutes before the end of his shift, when he and a fellow bicycle patrol officer responded to a domestic violence call involving a gunshot. Briggs' gun never left his holster, but prosecutors say two other officers shot back, as the gunman escaped.

New Hampshire's death penalty law applies only in limited circumstances, including killing a police officer.

Road And Parking Restrictions For Saturday�s Funeral:

Elm Street: Closed from Queen City Avenue to the dead end of North Elm Street starting at 8:45 a.m.

Queen City Bridge will be the only access for people traveling east and west over the Merrimack River.

Granite Street: Open to eastbound traffic heading to the Verizon Wireless Arena for the Circus. There will be an interruption of traffic flow when the funeral procession goes by.

Circus Parking: Will be minimal. It is suggested that you park anywhere East of Elm Street. All parking restrictions, time zones and meters will be suspended.

Any meter with a bag on it is a designated no parking zone for the purpose of the procession.

There will be message boards and signage to direct law enforcement personnel to designated parking areas and staging areas for the funeral.

To Send A Donation To The Briggs Family:
MPPA Officer Briggs Family Benefit Fund
c/o Members First Credit Union
PO Box 896
Manchester, NH 03105

(© 2006 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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