Flags will be flown at half staff through Sept. 11 in Nebraska to honor the death of Lincoln Police Investigator Mario Herrera.
Herrera was shot Aug. 26 while members of the Metro Area Fugitive Task Force, the department’s gang unit and the criminal division, were serving a warrant at a house near 33rd and Vine in Lincoln. He died early in the morning Sept. 7.
Gov. Pete Ricketts ordered flags to fly at half-staff. Flags flying at half-staff on Friday will also honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“Susanne and I were devastated to learn of the passing of Investigator Mario Herrera,” Ricketts said. “Officer Herrera’s service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. I also want to thank people across the state who stepped up to support the Herrera family in the midst of this terrible tragedy. From holding prayer vigils to donating blood, the community’s response was powerful and inspiring.”
“Nebraska’s law enforcement family has suffered a tragic loss today,” said Col. John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “We send our deepest condolences to Investigator Herrera’s family and friends, along with the entire Lincoln Police Department.
Ricketts said, “Now more than ever, it is critical for all of us to come together and support the men and women who put on the uniform and risk their lives every day to help keep our communities safe.”