Annual bicycle ride for fallen officers kicks off Monday in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An annual police bicycle ride around Indiana to benefit the families of officers who’ve died in the line of duty will include a tribute to a sheriff’s deputy killed during a shootout last year.

The 13-day Cops Cycling for Survivors ride is to begin Monday morning after a departure ceremony outside the Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis. The ride’s path goes through Michiana Thursday and Friday this week. On Thursday, cyclists will go from Angola to Mishawaka, then from Mishawaka to Merrillville on Friday.

Organizers say the first day’s route will take riders to Kokomo, where they will take part in an event honoring Howard County Deputy Carl Koontz. He was killed and another officer wounded during a March 2016 shootout in Russiaville with a gunman who killed himself.

The ride is set to cover nearly 1,000 miles and conclude July 22 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

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