Nixon Orders Flags to Fly Half-Staff for Fallen Phelps County Soldier

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/10 2014 04:11PM

Updated 04/10 2014 09:34PM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in 114 counties and the City of St. Louis be flown at half-staff on Saturday, April 12, to honor Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens.

Owens was a soldier in the United States Army serving at Fort Wood in Texas when he died from wounds sustained during the shooting incident at the post on April 2.

Owens was formerly from Rolla, Mo.

Nixon has also ordered that U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Phelps County be flown at half-staff from April 13-18.

"Accounts of what happened at Fort Hood say that Sgt. Owens and others courageously tried to stop the shootings, and I ask all Missourians to remember his sacrifice when they see the lowered flags," Gov. Nixon said in a news statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time."

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