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Visitation held for fallen Texarkana police officer

Visitation held for fallen Texarkana police officer

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Texarkana, Texas -

Friends and family hold a memorial to remember an Ark-La-Tex officer killed in the line of duty.

Texarkana, Texas police and firefighters escorted officer William Jason Sprague in a procession from the Texarkana Funeral Home to First Baptist Church Moores Lane.
    
A visitation was held Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. inside the atrium.
    
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the same church.        
    
Sprague was injured early Friday responding to a disturbance involving about 100 people at Grady T. Wallace park in the Liberty Eylau community.  
    
Authorities say he was trying to stop the driver of an SUV when he was deliberately hit.
    
He passed away Saturday morning at a local hospital.
    
Officers say his death is a tremendous loss to the community.

"He was just a great guy. He loved his job, his family, he worked well within the confines of our police department," said Lt. Kevin Schutte. "He fit in almost instantly when he arrived here."

Officer Sprague had been employed with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department since January of 2012.  

He was born in Idabel, Oklahoma in 1982.   

Prior to coming to Texarkana, he worked for Grant County Arkansas Sheriff's Department 1 ½ years and for the Pine Bluff Arkansas Police Department for almost 4 years.  

Officer Sprague is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and 4 year old son, Caden, as well as his mother and step-father, Marsa and Mike Green, father, Chipper Sprague, in-laws, Mike and Karen Anderson, two brothers and two sisters.

Sprague's burial will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas.

On Friday, June 14th authorities arrested Justin Sanders, 21, of Texarkana, Texas.

Sanders was arrested at the Bi-State Justice Center. Bond for Sanders is set at $1.5 million.

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