Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen San Marcos police officer

Officer Justin Putnam was killed in the line of duty

American flag flown at half-staff
American flag flown at half-staff (Pixabay)

SAN MARCOS, Texas – The flags in San Marcos have been lowered to half-staff in honor of San Marcos Police officer Justin Putnam who was killed Saturday in the line of duty.

“The first lady and I extend our prayers of comfort to the Putnam family and to his fiancé during their time of grief," said Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Putnam, 31, was killed and two other officers were injured in a shooting while responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments.

Abbott responded to San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson’s request to fly the flags at half-staff saying: ”I urge all Texans to remember and honor the public service of Officer Putnam to the City of San Marcos and the State of Texas as a brave and distinguished peace officer."

The flags will remain at half-staff until Putnam is laid to rest and other Texas cities, counties and political subdivisions may also lower flags in honor of the fallen officer, according to Abbott.

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Putnam’s body was taken to a funeral home in San Marcos Monday afternoon after hundreds of residents gathered across Hays County to pay tribute.

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