Michigan flags lowered to honor fallen police officers

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LANSING, MI. (WILX) - Flags are flying at half staff at Michigan's State Capital in honor of Peace Officer's Memorial Day.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered all flags within the state capitol complex and all state buildings to be lowered to half staff to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

For 2019, Peace Officer's Memorial Day recognizes three Michigan police officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2018.

Detroit Police Officer Glenn Doss, Jr. was killed on January 28th of 2018.

He was responding to a domestic violence call with his partner when a man outside opened fire. Doss was hit while sitting in his patrol car and passed away a few days later.

Detroit Police Officer Darren Weathers was killed in a car accident during a training exercise on February 13, 2018.

Weathers was hit by another vehicle and the force sent his patrol car crashing in to a metal barrier.

Officer Weathers served in the United States Army and in the Michigan National Guard before he joined Detroit police in 2016.

Detroit Police Officer Fadi Shukur died on August 14, 2018.

He was hit by an SUV while working crowd control at an event and passed away two weeks later.

He served six years in the United States Navy before joining the Detroit Police Department.

Officer Doss, Officer Weathers and Officer Shukur were among the nearly 300 names added to the 'National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial' in Washington, D.C.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, since 1971, more than 21,000 police officers have died in the line of duty in the United States. 605 of them were Michigan police officers.

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