Funeral for Milwaukee Police Officer Mark Lentz to be held Thursday

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Funeral arrangements have been made for a Milwaukee police officer who died years after he was intentionally hit by a motorist.

Officer Mark Lentz was attempting to stop a speeding motorist Aug. 3, 2017, when he was intentionally hit by a driver. Police say Lentz began to show signs of traumatic brain injury and nerve damage, lost the ability to speak and suffered substantial memory loss.

He died Wednesday at age 56.

A public visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, with a public funeral to follow. A private visitation will be held on Wednesday for sworn law enforcement, city employees and family.

Lentz was awarded a Purple Valor Star in May.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating his death.

A memorial fund has been set up for Officer Lentz at TCF bank. All branches will accept donations for the PO Mark Lentz Memorial Fund.

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