A procession is planned following the funeral services on Friday of a Lafayette police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty this week.
The procession in honor of Cpl. Michael Middlebrook, killed on Monday while responding to a crime scene, will extend 10 miles from Our Savior’s Church at 1201 E. Broussard Road, to Delhomme Funeral Home, 1011 Bertrand Drive.
The funeral and procession are open to the public. All traffic must continue north on Bertrand Drive once the procession reaches the funeral home, where Middlebrook's family will pay their final respects privately.
The funeral is scheduled for noon at Our Savior’s Church. Visitation is at the church from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.
Middlebrook and another officer responded on Sunday night to a shooting with multiple victims at the Big Boy Discount Zone convenience store in north Lafayette. A firefight between the assailant and the officers broke out upon the officers’ arrival, and Middlebrook was fatally wounded. The suspect, Ian Howard, was apprehended nearby a short time later.
Louisiana State Police, which is handling the investigation, say Howard fired at another officer at some point. Two civilian gunshot victims were treated with non-life threatening wounds. Howard is held without bail at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on first-degree murder of a police officer. He is also booked on a count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and two additional counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard said on Tuesday that Middlebrook’s career was “phenomenal,” and described him as “the cradle of compassion.”
Earlier this year Middlebrook received the Heart of Law Enforcement recognition, which is a statewide honor.