Local sheriff’s office waits months to raise flag to send message

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – The flags on the pole outside of the Shelby County Sheriff’s office have been lowered since early July.

After five officers were killed, and eleven were injured during an ambush by a gunman in Dallas.

“My chief deputy said, “You know? We ought to leave our flags at half staff for 30 days until there’s no other officers that are shot and killed in America. We’re still waiting on those 30 days,” said Sheriff of Shelby county, John Lenhart.

Early Wednesday morning another attack against law enforcement officers. This time, in Iowa.

Urbandale officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Sergeant Tony Beminio were killed.

“There definitely wasn’t an opportunity for these officers to defend themselves or respond to the attack,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek.

According to investigators the suspect, 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, walked up to the officers in their squad cars, and shot at them multiple times. The incidents happened separately about 20 minutes apart.

Greene surrendered to authorities hours later.

“Assassination? I hope in this country that we can get over this pretty quickly,” Sheriff Lenhart said.

He said thankfully, in his many years of service to Shelby county not one of his officers has been killed on the job.

“We’ve had officers wounded, but a lot of times our officers have been in firefights, gunfights,” he said. “It takes a toll on them even though they may not have been injured.”

For the brothers and sisters in blue, some wounds are harder to heal.

“When they leave for work, in the day, the nights, the evenings. There’s a seriousness between those family members to hope they come back that day. They need to hear from the good citizens in this state and this nation, ‘Thank you for doing your job,'” he said.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page online, so far this year, roughly 30 days is the longest stretch that the nation has gone without an officer being killed by gunfire.

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