MARYSVILLE — The search continued Tuesday for suspects in the Halloween assassination of Seattle police officer and Marysville resident Timothy Brenton.
Detectives continue to hunt for whoever pulled alongside Brenton’s patrol car in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood Saturday night and opened fire, killing Brenton, 39, and injuring rookie officer Britt Sweeney.
The killing has stunned the community and people from around Puget Sound have offered their support to Brenton’s family.
On Tuesday, his family issued a statement, thanking everyone for the outpouring of condolences.
“Even with the tragic loss, Tim’s wife and children are finding solace in the support from the police community, their friends and family, and the community as a whole,” the statement said. “We know that Tim would be honored and humbled by the limitless support that has been provided at the difficult time. We sincerely thank you for the generous emotional support, thoughts and prayers.”
At the same time, a statewide team of law enforcement officers was helping Seattle officials plan for Brenton’s funeral, now scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at KeyArena in Seattle.
The service is expected to be one of the largest ever held in the region for an officer who has died in the line of duty, Snohomish County sheriff’s Lt. Rodney Rochon said. Rochon is part of the planning effort.
“It’s affected a lot of people, not just in the law enforcement community,” he said. “There are a lot of citizens who are extremely upset.”
Rochon plans to serve in the honor guard contingent and is scheduled to escort Brenton’s family during the service.
Representatives from most police departments in Snohomish County plan to attend the Friday service, officials said.
Brenton leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 8 and 11.
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Donate to fund for family
A fund has been set up for the family of Seattle Police officer Timothy Brenton. Donations may be made at any Bank of America branch under the “Brenton Family Assistance Fund.”
A reward of up to $85,000 is being offered for information that will lead to those responsible for the slaying. Call 911, the Seattle police at 206-233-5000 or anonymous calls to Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Seattle’s KeyArena.