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Family of Slain Officer Recognized Before Vikings Game

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MINNEAPOLIS —The Vikings on Sunday recognized the family of a Los County Sheriff's Department Sergeant who was killed in the line of duty last week in California.

Family members wore "In Loving Memory of Sgt. Steve 'Super Cop' Owen" T-shirts and were recognized on the field before the Vikings hosted the Houston Texans.

Sgt. Owen was fatally shot while responding to a burglary call on Oct. 5. He was planning to attend Sunday's game with his family and continue their long and strong support of the Vikings.

Sgt. Owen's widow, Tanya, was joined by sons, Chad and Brandon, daughter Shannon, daughter-in-law Nicole and Owen's mother, Millie.

The family was welcomed on the field by Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf, Owner/President Mark Wilf and Owner/Vice Chairman Lenny Wilf and leaders from Minnesota's law enforcement community, including the Minneapolis Police Department.

Adrian Peterson and Stefon Diggs also visited the family, who received a stirring ovation from the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Sgt. Owen, 53, was with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for 29 years and was recognized during his career with the agency's highest honor for courage.

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