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Flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Bi-State Justice Center and throughout the city of Texarkana in honor of the live and Service of TTPD Officer William Sprague. Flags have been lowered to half-staff at the Bi-State Justice Center and throughout the city of Texarkana in honor of the live and Service of TTPD Officer William Sprague.
TTPD Officer William Sprague (Source: TTPD) TTPD Officer William Sprague (Source: TTPD)
Arrested: Justin Sanders, 21 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department) Arrested: Justin Sanders, 21 (Source: Texarkana, TX Police Department)
TEXARKANA, USA (KSLA) -

Flags have been lowered to half-staff in honor of the Texarkana, Texas police officer who died over the weekend from his injuries suffered in a hit and run while on duty Friday.

According to a joint statement released Monday morning, Mayors Bob Bruggeman and Wayne Smith have received authorization from Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to request that all flags (United States of America and State of Texas/Arkansas respectively) within the City of Texarkana, USA be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the life and service of Texarkana, Texas Police Officer William Jason Sprague.

Police say Sprague was intentionally struck early Friday morning by an SUV driven by 21-year-old Justin Sanders of Texarkana while Sprague was responding to a disturbance call at Grady T. Wallace Park.

Police later arrested 21-year-old Justin Sanders and charged him with aggravated assault on a public servant. Sanders remains in custody at the Bi-State Justice Center, where he is being held on $1.5 million bail. Police have not yet released any information on possible new charges.

By Noon Monday, flags had been lowered at the Bi-State Justice Center and at other locations throughout the city, in what Mayor Bruggeman called "but a small tribute for such an act of selfless service by Officer Sprague."

"It is our hope that seeing the flags at half-staff will bring some measure of comfort to his family and fellow public safety officers."

Visitation for Officer William Sprague will be Tuesday, June 18, from 5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. in the atrium at First Baptist Church Moores Lane in Texarkana, Texas.

The funeral, with full police honors, will be Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Moores Lane.  Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas.  Arrangements are with Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas.    

Sprague, who was 30, is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and 4-year-old son Caden, as well as his mother and step-father, Marsa and Mike Green, father, Chipper Sprague, in-laws, Mike and Karen Anderson, two brothers and two sisters.

This is the fourth in the line of duty death for the Texarkana, Texas Police Department. The list includes: William T. Flint in 1877, J.R. Walraven in 1929, and Norris Cooley in 1988.

Flags are to remain at half-staff until the end of the day on Wednesday, June 19.

Texarkana, TX police say the family of Officer Sprague has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22331-1733.

Donations to the Sprague family can also be made at any branch of Red River Federal Credit Union or at Morris Sheppard Federal Credit Union. The accounts will be in the name of Stephanie Sprague.

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