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‘He loved his city’: Fallen Houston police officer William Jeffrey laid to rest

Jeffrey was shot and killed last week while serving an arrest warrant at a Harris County apartment complex.

Houston police officer William “Bill” Jeffrey was laid to rest at Grace Church on Monday.

Houston police officer William “Bill” Jeffrey, who was killed last week while serving a narcotics arrest warrant, was laid to rest at Grace Church on Monday.

Jeffrey served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a Houston police officer in 1990. Jeffrey then served the city for nearly 31 years, spending almost 13 of those years as a member of the department’s Major Offenders Division.

According to HPD Chief Troy Finner, Jeffrey and his team executed more than 4,000 arrest warrants and made about 2,500 arrests.

“He was a great man,” Finner said during Monday’s procession. “He served for our Navy, he came to the police department, 31 years.”

Last week, Jeffrey and HPD Sgt. Michael Vance executed a high-level felony warrant at an apartment complex near Bush Intercontinental Airport in order to apprehend Deon Ledet, according to police.

Police say Ledet opened fire after a woman answered the door, which prompted the officers to return fire, killing Ledet. Both Jeffrey and Vance were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where Jeffrey was pronounced dead. Vance was discharged from the hospital over the weekend.

During Monday’s procession, Mayor Sylvester Turner acknowledged that Jeffery chose to continue working when given the opportunity to retire, and attributed that decision to the 54-year old’s life of service.

"His absence leaves a void in your lives permanently, it leaves a void in this city,” Turner said, “but his life of service has made this city better.”

Several family members said their final goodbyes to the fallen officer, including his daughter, Lacie Jeffrey.

“My dad would have done anything for the city of Houston,” she said. “He loved his city. He loved his job and he loved his team. He loved each one of those guys like a brother. My dad took those bullets so they didn’t have to. He was their leader, he is their hero and he is my hero.”

Additional reporting by Florian Martin.

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