Murdered police officer honoured in southern Spain

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FUNERAL: Colleagues of fatally wounded police officer Jose Manuel Arcos Sanchez, and government officials, pay their respects CREDIT: Guardia Civil

A POLICE officer who was fatally shot when he stopped a car in Granada on Monday morning, has been decorated with the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Guardia Civil, with a red badge.

Jose Manuel Arcos Sanchez, 47, was fatally wounded in the stomach at around 4.20am when an occupant of the vehicle, which had been travelling at speed, got out and opened fire in Huetor Vega.

The Guardia Civil arrested a 40 year-old man from Granada at the scene, who is said to have ‘numerous police records’.

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The deceased officer was decorated by the General Director of the Guardia Civil, Felix Azon, during a funeral at the cathedral on Tuesday, attended by family, officers, ministers and government delegates.

He had several decorations, including the Cross to the Constancy (silver and bronze).

A spokesperson for Granada police, said: “We want to convey our deepest condolences after the death in service of our partner Arcos.”


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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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