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Whitmer lowers flags to honor corporal attacked, slain by inmate in Detroit jail

Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 07:55:34-04
LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags within the State Capitol Complex and upon all public buildings and grounds across the state to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday to honor the life and service of Wayne County Sheriff’s Corporal Bryant Searcy.

Corporal Searcy died in the line of duty after being attacked by an inmate at the county jail.

“Our state is devastated after hearing about the loss of Corporal Bryant Searcy,” said Governor Whitmer. “He was a professional who served our state with honor and dignity. My heart goes out to his family and the entire law enforcement community as they deal with his tragic loss.”

Corporal Searcy was a member of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for 18 years.

On Sept. 2, Corporal Searcy was patrolling jail cells around 10 p.m. when he was attacked by an inmate. Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies found Searcy and called for medical assistance, who transported him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

He is survived by his wife and daughter.