Funeral arrangements are now set for a Forest Acres police officer who was shot and killed by a fleeing suspect earlier this week.
Richland County officials announced that a Mass for 32-year-old Officer Gregory Alia will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 3 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Columbia. The church’s address is 3600 Devine Street in Columbia’s Shandon region southeast of downtown.
Gov. Nikki Haley has ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff on Saturday to coincide with the funeral.
Alia was shot and killed Wednesday morning after responding to a suspicious person call at the Richland Mall in Forest Acres. The seven-year law enforcement veteran leaves behind his wife, a newborn, and both his parents.