Omaha mayor orders flags at half-staff for slain officer

This photo provided by the Omaha Police Department shows officer Kerrie Orozco. A suspect being sought by police for an Omaha shooting opened fire on officers Wednesday, May 20, 2015, promoting a shootout that left Orozco and the suspect dead, according to Police Chief Todd Schmaderer. (Omaha Police Department via AP)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has ordered flags in city to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was killed Wednesday in the line of duty.

Stothert says flags should remain at half-staff until dusk Monday on Memorial Day.

Stothert said Thursday the move is a sign of respect for Orozco and her service to the city.

The city also plans to turn lights at the Heartland of America Fountain and on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge blue beginning Thursday night through Memorial Day.

Stothert is in Florida for her son’s wedding on Friday. She will return to Omaha on Sunday, ahead of schedule, to participate in services for Orozco.


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