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Bill Would Name Highway After Slain Michigan Officer

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bill that would name a Kalamazoo County highway after a slain police officer is headed to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The state House unanimously approved a bill Thursday that would name a portion of highway I-94 after Officer Eric Zapata.

Thirty five-year-old Zapata was a 10-year veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. On April 18, 2011, Zapata was one of several officers called to Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood following a report of shots being fired.

Zapata was killed during a shootout by Leonard Statler, who then killed himself.

Zapata had three children.

City officials announced last year that they plan to install a bronze bust of Zapata in downtown Kalamazoo.

The bill unanimously passed in the Senate last month.

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