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Michigan highway to be named after slain officer

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Snyder signed the bill Tuesday. It will allow the portion of I-94 in Kalamazoo County to be named the Officer Eric Zapata Memorial Highway.

Zapata, 35, was a 10-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety with three children. On April 18, 2011, he was one of several officers called to Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood following a report of shots being fired. He was killed during a shootout.

Snyder's office said Zapata was the first officer in the Kalamazoo department to be killed in the line of duty. The governor said the designation will remind future generations of Zapata's sacrifice.

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