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Whitmer orders flags lowered to half-staff Thursday to honor MSP trooper killed

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 13:52:05-04
(WXYZ) —

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags at the State Capitol Complex and all public buildings in the state to be lowered to half-staff Thursday, Aug. 6, to honor the life of slain Michigan State Trooper Caleb Starr.

Starr died three weeks after he was struck head-on by an alleged drunk driver.

Starr was driving in Ionia County’s Boston Township on July 10 when a vehicle crossed the center line and smashed into his patrol car.

The other driver, Thomasina Jones, was charged with second-degree murder and other offenses related to drinking and driving. She's from the Four Corners region in southern Utah. Jones appeared in court and was ordered to jail without bond. Starr was 33 years old. He graduated from trooper school in 2019.