March 11, 2011

Flags lowered to honor deputy U.S. marshal

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 deputy U.S. marshal killed in a shootout in Missouri earlier this week.

Flags are to be flown at half-staff from sunrise today, Friday, March 11, until sunset, Sunday, March 11, in honor of John Perry. Perry, 48, of Collinsville, was shot Tuesday while trying to arrest a fugitive in St. Louis. Perry died later in the day at St. Louis University Hospital. He was one of three officers shot. Police returned fired and killed the suspect, according to reports.

Perry served with the U.S. Marshals Service for nearly 10 years, according to reports. Prior to that, he was a probation officer in Madison County for 16 years.