Oct 20, 2006 11:14 pm US/Eastern
Hundreds Attend Wake For Slain Police Officer
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.
Michael Briggs, 35, was shot in the head in a dark alley way Monday as he responded to a domestic violence call. He died Tuesday.
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.
A funeral is planned for Saturday at the stadium that's home to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the minor league baseball team Briggs often took his sons to watch.
"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.
The public calling hours for Briggs wake at Lambers Funeral Home will continue until 8:00 p.m.
There will be a funeral procession from Lamberts Funeral Home to Merchantauto.com stadium also known as the former Fisher Cats stadium starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday October 21st.
The procession will begin at Lamberts Funeral Home southerly on Elm Street to include a pass by Manchester City Hall, the Manchester Police Department as well as the Hillsborough County House of Correction, then ending at the stadium. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.
Road Closures for the wake:
East Street: North and south from Webster Street to Salmon Street will be closed from 3:00 p.m. until further notice
Amoskeag Bridge: Closed northbound only on Elm Street from Pennacook Street starting at 5:00 p.m.
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
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