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Services set for ‘hero’ officer in supermarket attack

GETZVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — The security guard at a Buffalo supermarket who was shot and killed while trying to stop the gunman in a racist attack May 14 will be laid to rest Wednesday, as the country grapples with another massacre at a Texas school that killed 19 children and two adults.

The Buffalo Police Department will honor retired officer Aaron Salter with a presentation of honors, according to The Chapel in Getzville, where the funeral service will be held.

Salter, 55, of Lockport, was working as a security guard at the Tops Friendly Market and fired multiple times at the gunman before being shot and killed himself. At least one of Salter’s bullets struck the 18-year-old shooter’s armor-plated vest but didn’t pierce, police said.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia has called Salter “a true hero.”

Salter was among the 10 Black people killed when a white gunman wearing body armor and a helmet-mounted camera targeted shoppers and workers at the store in a predominantly Black neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon. Three others were injured in the attack, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

The alleged gunman, Payton Gendron, of Conklin, has been charged with murder and is being held without bail.

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