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Updated Jan 31, 2012 - 9:32 am

Family of slain AZ deputy given $64K check

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has given the family of a deputy killed responding to a burglary call a check for $64,000.

The sheriff's office says about half that money came from the sheriff's memorial fund and the rest was raised at a carwash.

Deputy Bill Coleman was killed Jan. 8 during an exchange of gunfire with 30-year-old Drew Maras.

Days earlier, Maras had fatally shot a New Hampshire couple near Sedona.

Maras was killed by deputies in the shootout involving Coleman.

The 50-year-old Coleman was a 20-year veteran and is survived by a wife and two young children, ages 4 and 7. He also has grown children in another state.

He was assigned as a patrol deputy and had previously worked with the sheriff's lake patrol unit.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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