Buffalo is mourning the loss of Aaron Salter Jr., who was killed while shooting suspect Payton Gendron

Mourners gathered Wednesday to honor Aaron Salter Jr., the security guard and former Buffalo police officer who died in a shootout while trying to stop suspected supermarket gunman Payton Gendron.

Salter Jr. was buried in Getzville, NY, a hamlet north of Buffalo. The ceremony included full police honors despite his retirement from the force.

“He gets all honors — death honors on duty,” Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told Buffalo News 4. “We will send him off to his family with every honor that this police department and the city can give him. ”

Aaron Salter Jr.
Salter fired at Gendron but was unable to stop the suspected shooter, who was wearing a body armor.
A police officer salutes as Salter's family enters the Chapel at Crosspoint in Buffalo on May 25, 2022.
A police officer salutes as Salter’s family enters the Chapel at Crosspoint in Buffalo on May 25, 2022.
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According to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, Salter's ceremony included a full-fledged police officer "official death honors."
According to Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, Salter’s ceremony included the “death honors on duty” as full-fledged police officers.
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Salter Jr. was a Buffalo police officer for 30 years before retiring. At the time of filming, he had worked for Tops Friendly Market for four years.

Police say Salter Jr. opened fire on Gendron early in the rampage but was unable to stop the gunman, who was wearing body armor and a ballistic-approved helmet. Gendron reportedly returned fire, killing Salter.

Salter was a police officer for 30 years before retiring.
Salter was a police officer for 30 years before retiring.
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