Chennai, India — Governor Terry Branstad has ordered that flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a northern Iowa policeman who was killed last week. Rockwell City Police Officer Jamie Buenting was shot last Friday morning during a stand-off with a man wanted for assaulting his mother.
(as said) “I have called his widow, Mandy, to express my condolences and that of the people of Iowa for the death of her husband in the line of duty,” Branstad said this morning, “and the lieutenant governor will be attending the funeral.”
Branstad made his comments on Monday during a telephone call from India, where he has been traveling on a trade mission. Buenting was 37 years old. His funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock in the South Central Calhoun Middle School Gymnasium in Rockwell City. Buenting was a 1995 graduate of Pomeroy-Palmer High School. He entered the law enforcement profession in 1999, serving in the Lake City Police Department. He was a police officer in Manson, Iowa, for four years before being hired by the Rockwell City Police Department in 2005. Buenting leaves behind a wife and two young children. A memorial fund has been established at the First Community Bank in Rockwell City for the family.
Incidentally, all flags in the United States were also to be at half staff. President Obama has ordered all government flags flown at half staff as a mark of respect for the victims of the acts of violence perpetrated on September 16, 2013, at the Washington Navy Yard.
A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. He was identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Texas. He died after a running gunbattle with police, investigators said.
That proclamation ordered flags at half staff until sunset on Friday, September 20, 2013.