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Chief: Slain Dallas-area detective connected with people

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PLANO, Texas (AP) - A suburban Dallas police chief told law enforcement officers from across Texas that a slain detective knew how to connect with people "when they were in their darkest hour."

Little Elm police Chief Rodney Harrison said at the funeral Tuesday of Detective Jerry Walker that the father of four understood the compassion of policing.

Harrison told mourners who gathered at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano that Walker epitomized the prized officer who can successfully resolve virtually any conflict or confrontation, no matter how volatile.

Walker, an 18-year veteran of the Little Elm department, was fatally shot Jan. 17 after responding to a report of a man outside a home armed with a long gun.

A standoff ensued and the gunman later was found dead inside the home.

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