Flags will be flown at half-staff for Texas officer killed in ambush that wounded 2 other deputies

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Officials in Harris County, Texas, have ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a deputy who was shot and killed Saturday in an ambush attack that left two other deputies wounded.

Gov. Greg Abbott permitted the lowering of flags at the request of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo following the death of Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Deputy Kareem Atkins, KPRC-TV reported.

"The First Lady and I extend our prayers of comfort to the Atkins family during their time of grief, and we urge all Texans to remember and honor Deputy Constable Atkins’s public service as a dedicated law enforcement officer," Abbott wrote in a letter addressed to Judge Hidlago, according to the station.

Atkins, 30, died of a gunshot wound after responding to a possible robbery and attempting to arrest a suspect, Constable Mark Herman ... (Read more)