Newport News police set memorial ceremony


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The sister of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty 20 years ago will speak at the Newport News Police Department's annual memorial ceremony for fallen officers.

Karen Rutherford-Coulson will be the keynote speaker at Thursday night's event at police headquarters. Her brother, Steve Rutherford, was shot and killed in 1994 while posing as a pizza delivery man following a rash of robberies of delivery drivers. Councilman Robert Coleman and Police Chief Richard Myers will also speak.

The ceremony also will include a 21-gun salute and a roll call of the 11 Newport News officers who have died in the line of duty.

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