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City of Cortez releases map, announces road closures for memorial

Cortez Police Sgt. Michael Moran died Wednesday after being shot during a traffic stop.
Sgt. Michael Moran will be laid to rest Wednesday

Sgt. Michael Moran will be laid to rest Wednesday. His life will be celebrated at a private memorial service 10 a.m. at the Cortez Recreation Center.

Moran was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop last week in southwest Cortez – a tragedy that sent shock waves through the community.

The suspect, who has been identified as Jason Campbell, 44, of Ogden, Utah, was located and killed by law enforcement “within a matter of minutes” of the roadside shooting, Sheriff Nowlin said.

Police have released few details about the shooting.

Courtesy of Kelly Codner/City of Cortez

Sgt. Moran, 46, a former K-9 handler, joined the Cortez Police Department in 2012. Prior to that, he served as a Marine and completed two tours in Iraq. He had two daughters.

The service is open to emergency response personnel and by invitation only, according to a news release from the city of Cortez.

Community members are encouraged to watch the ceremony via livestream at www.the-journal.com and durangoherald.com.

A procession of first responder vehicles will begin about 8:20 a.m. on Main Street, which will be closed from Elm Street east to Sligo Street from about 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.

“Members of the public who wish to show their support of Sgt. Moran or view the procession are asked to stay on the sidewalk on Main Street between Chestnut and Harrison streets,” said public information officer Kelly Codner.

Road closures

Main Street: Closed in both directions between Elm Street and Sligo Street, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Westbound Seventh Street between L Way and Sligo Street: 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Mildred Road between Empire Street and Montezuma Avenue: 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

Roger Smith Avenue between Empire Street and Montezuma Avenue: 6:45 a.m. to noon.

All roads around the Cortez Recreation Center will be closed until after the service ends at noon, Codner said.