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(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) —   The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs said Saturday it would honor a campus police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic on Friday.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will observe a moment of silence in honor of Officer Garrett Swasey at their games today.

Swasey, 44, was killed when he responded in support of Colorado Springs police to reports of an active shooter Friday morning.

Two others were killed and at least nine people were injured in the incident. A suspect, identified as Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was taken into custody following an hours-long standoff, according to authorities. A motive for the shooting has not been released.

Swasey was a six-year veteran of the UCCS police department.

He was married and a father of two children, said the university.

According to the Denver Post, before he was a police officer, Swasey was a junior national couples ice dancing champion in 1992. He also competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships three years later.
Swasey grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts, about 10 miles north of Boston, according to Melrose Mayor Robert Doland.

“As a class of 1989 graduate, I remember him to be a kind and caring young man with many friends, dedicated to his skating career, and excelling in all areas at Melrose High School,” the mayor said in a blog post.

Swasey was active in his community and his church in Colorado, said the mayor.

“The entire Melrose community mourns the loss of Garrett, and our thoughts are with his parents and family, who were longtime residents, as well as his wife Rachel and their two children,” Doland said.

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