The Fountain Police Department in Colorado announced on Saturday evening that Officer Julian Becerra, 35, had passed away after being hospitalized for over a week due to falling 40 feet from a bridge while trying to apprehend a carjacking suspect on Feb. 2.
A statement from the department stated that his end of watch was at 7:14 p.m. and asked for privacy for the family as they make plans for his final resting place.
In tribute, a procession was held to escort his body from Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs to the coroner’s office.
Officer Becerra served four and a half years with the Fountain Police Department and was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was previously employed by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office as a security technician and later as a deputy sheriff.
He leaves behind a wife, an 8-year-old daughter, and a 1-year-old son. His brother-in-law, David Alderman, described him as a “fantastic dad” and “great husband” who was “always there for his family and never complaining.”
The City of Fountain has also set up a temporary memorial for Officer Becerra, with his patrol vehicle parked in front of the Fountain Police Department.
Law enforcement apprehended three individuals concerning the Feb. 2 incident involving a car and foot chase in Fountain. The suspects were identified as Devon Bobian, aged 31, Danisha Pacheco, aged 28, and Anthony Vallejos, aged 37.
A GoFundMe has also been set up for the family to help with unexpected expenses, and donations can also be sent to the Becerra family by way of the Southern Colorado Law Enforcement Foundation.