Iowa’s governor has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of the Omaha police officer who was killed in the line of duty this week.
Twenty-nine-year-old Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant on a known gang member in Omaha. Orozco was a native of Walnut, Iowa, and she lived in Council Bluffs.
The governor’s order to lower flags in honor of Orozco applies to all state and U.S. flags at state facilities, but cities, counties and individual Iowans are encouraged to lower their flags as well on Tuesday as a show of respect for the slain policewoman.
Orozco is survived by her husband, two step-children and a baby girl. Baby Olivia was born prematurely on February 7 and Orozco was due to go on maternity leave Thursday as her baby was being released from the hospital.
Governor Branstad plans to attend Orozco’s funeral on Tuesday.
By O. Kay Henderson, Radio Iowa