November 29, 2010

Flags lowered to honor slain officer

Under a proclamation signed by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, the United States flag and the Illinois flag are at half-staff at all State of Illinois facilities in honor of a veteran Chicago police officer killed last week.

Flags are at half-staff beginning today (Nov. 29) until Wednesday, Dec. 1, in honor of officer Michael Flisk of the Chicago Police Department.

Reports say Flisk, 46, was processing a car burglary in a South Chicago neighborhood when he and a man who reported the burglary were shot and killed. The shootings occurred at about 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26. An evidence technician for three-and-one-half years, Flisk was two months from celebrating his 20th year with the department, reports said.

Flisk was in uniform and driving a marked squad car at the time of the shooting. The victim once worked as a police officer for the Chicago Housing Authority, according to reports.

Reports indicate the slaying marks the fifth shooting death of an officer since May; the other four officers were off-duty at the time. In February, a police sergeant died in a car crash while responding to a burglary, according to reports.