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Flags lowered to half-staff for fallen police officer

Flags lowered to half-staff for fallen police officer

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Texarkana, Texas -

Flags will be flown at half-staff for a Texarkana police officer who was hit by an SUV and later died at local hospital.   
    
Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Wayne Smith have requested flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the life and service of Officer William Jason Sprague.
    
The flags will remain lowered until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 19th 2013.

Visitation for Officer Sprague will be on Tuesday, June 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Moores Lane in Texarkana, Texas.
    
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the same church.

The incident happened at Grady T. Wallace Park in Texarkana, Texas early Friday morning, following a disturbance involving more than 100 people.

Authorities say Officer Sprague, 30, was the first officer on the scene.

As Officer Sprague exited his vehicle and was attempting to make contact with one of the vehicles leaving the scene, he was struck by an SUV.

On Friday, June 14th authorities arrested Justin Sanders, 21, of Texarkana, Texas.

Sanders was arrested at the Bi-State Justice Center. Bond for Sanders is set at $1.5 million.

Officer Sprague had been employed with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department since January of 2012.  

He was born in Idabel, Oklahoma in 1982.   

Prior to coming to Texarkana, he worked for Grant County Arkansas Sheriff's Department 1 ½ years and for the Pine Bluff Arkansas Police Department for almost 4 years.  

Officer Sprague is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and 4 year old son, Caden, as well as his mother and step-father, Marsa and Mike Green, father, Chipper Sprague, in-laws, Mike and Karen Anderson, two brothers and two sisters.

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