Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state participated in a procession up US 281 today in honor of Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel, who was shot and killed August 23 by a man he was attempting to serve with a warrant on a  graffiti violation, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.

  Officers from Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and departments across Bexar County were represented.

  Many departments said honor guard members who solemnly held flags and the officers snapped to attention and saluted as Pimentel's body was removed from the Porter Loring Mortuary downtown this morning and carried to Cornerstone Church for a funeral service before a huge police and civilian crowd of mourners.

  Guarding the casket were the Blue Knights, a police motorcycle organization headed by Joe Sparacello, a former Helotes Police Sergeant.

  He says every officer knows the dangers that Pimentel faced.

  "Just like in the military," he said.  "It’s what we sign up for, we basically write a blank check to the country that we serve and the community that we protect."

  Police closed US 281 while the procession made its way north to Cornerstone Church.

  "It don’t' matter where you're from," Sparacello said of the huge crowd that gathered to pay their respects to Pimentel.  "If you wear a shield you're a brother.  Brother or sister, you're one huge family."


  One person who was not at the funeral is the 24 year old Elmendorf man who is charged with shooting Pimentel twice.  He is charged with capital murder and remains in the Bexar County Jail.