Flags ordered at half-staff on day after tragic shooting
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards has ordered the U.S. and state flag to be flown at half-staff over the Capitol and all public buildings in Louisiana until sunset on Monday.
The governor said the decision was made in order to honor the lives of three law enforcement officers who were killed in Sunday’s tragic shooting on Airline Highway. Another three officers were injured.
Edwards released the following statement to accompany his executive order:
“These courageous men are heroes in the truest sense of the word,” said Gov. Edwards. “It is with a deep sadness that I issue this executive order today, but it is with great respect that we honor their fearlessness and bravery. Rather than running from danger, they ran towards it and three of them paid the ultimate sacrifice. They will never be forgotten. In honor of their lives, let us all remember that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. Donna and I ask everyone to continue praying for the victims, their families, our communities, and law enforcement officers around this state and country.”
President Barack Obama ordered the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff nationally as a mark of respect for the officers killed in Baton Rouge. The flag at the White House was lowered by the time the proclamation was issued.