The Laguna Beach police officer who was killed in a traffic collision over the weekend was taken by motorcade from the coroner’s office in Santa Ana to a Laguna Beach mortuary Tuesday morning.
Officer Jon Coutchie, 42, died in the line of duty when his motorcycle collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck around 11 p.m. Saturday on S. Pacific Coast Highway at Cleo St. in Laguna Beach.
The motorcade left the Orange County Coroner’s Office at about 9:15 a.m. en route to McCormick’s Mortuary in Laguna Beach, Capt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department said.
Coutchie’s family was expected to be at the mortuary, which would be closed to the public, according to Kravetz.
Services for Coutchie were preliminarily set for Friday at 11 a.m. at Mariner’s Church in Irvine, Kravetz said.
After the services, Coutchie is expected to be flown to Yuma, Ariz. were he would be laid to rest next to his grandfather.
Coutchie was born in Tucson, and raised in Orange County where he graduated from Laguna Hills High School in 1989, according to the police department.
After the September 11th terrorist attacks, Coutchie joined the military and became an Army Ranger. the department said.
He served from 2003 to 2007 with tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After being honorably discharged from the Army, he pursued a career in law enforcement.
Coutchie was sworn in as an officer in the Laguna Beach Police Department in march of 2009.
He was the first member of the Laguna Beach Police Department to be killed in the line of duty since 1953, the department said.