SOUDERTON, Pa. (CBS) – The mayor of Souderton (Montgomery County) is defending his police department’s response to an encounter that occurred last month between Skyler Kauffman and the neighbor who is now charged with raping and killing the nine-year-old girl earlier this week (see related story).

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(Souderton mayor John Reynolds. File photo provided)

Mayor John Reynolds (right) says he’s heard from a number of people in the community over the last several days — many of them concerned, some of them afraid, and lots expressing support for the quick action by the police department to arrest alleged killer James Troutman.

But he says he’s aware the department is taking some heat for the way it handled last month’s incident (see related story) and says he’s standing behind them.

“Regarding the earlier incident with the police department’s interaction with Mr. Troutman,” Mayor Reynolds told KYW Newsradio, “I’m very confident that the police department did everything in the correct fashion and by the book.”

Reynolds hopes the tragedy in some way brings the Souderton community closer together.

Funeral services for Skyler Kauffman will be held Monday morning.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060

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