MARTINEZ -- A Highway 4 overcrossing will be dedicated to slain Martinez police Sgt. Paul Starzyk next month.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m., July 1 at the Pine Street overcrossing. Attendees are invited to a reception following the dedication at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 Muir Station Road.

On behalf of the Martinez Police Department, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier in 2011 sponsored a resolution to name the Pine Street overcrossing "Police Sergeant Paul Starzyk Memorial Overcrossing" in memory of the 12-year veteran killed in the line of duty five years ago.

Starzyk and Catalina Torres were shot to death Sept. 6, 2008 by a gunman who burst into a Martinez beauty salon at Pacheco Boulevard and Morello Avenue looking for his estranged wife. Although he had been mortally wounded, Starzyk shot and killed the assailant.

Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.



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