Fired GJ officer to be buried with honors

A former Grand Junction police officer who committed suicide after his arrest on sex assault allegations will be buried with police honors Tuesday following services on the campus of a U.S. Navy base in Florida.

Sheba Phillips, a spokeswoman with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department in Florida, said an eight-person honor guard from her agency will serve as pallbearers during the funeral for 35-year-old Glenn Coyne, who will also be honored with a 21-gun salute.

Services are scheduled for noon at a chapel at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

Phillips said she was unaware whether other law enforcement agencies would be represented.

Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall will not be in attendance, while representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps will be at the service and burial.

Coyne served in the Marines from 1992 to 1996.

He was hired as a part-time deputy in Santa Rosa County in 1999, then resigned in February 2006 to join the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

He went to work for the Grand Junction Police Department in January 2007.

Interim Grand Junction Chief John Camper said the department will not have official representatives at Coyne’s funeral.

“I don’t know if anybody will be going down there on their own,” Camper said.

Coyne was found dead Oct. 6 in a hotel room in Golden, five days after he was fired and arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a local woman in her home the morning of Sept. 29.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger has said Coyne’s case will be closed when he receives a death certificate. An arrest affidavit is still filed under seal.


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