MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of an Auburn police officer killed Sunday night.
At around 10:10 p.m., Auburn police officers were responding to a domestic dispute when they were fired upon by 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes.
“As we began this week, our state was met with the tragic news that shots were fired on three of our police officers, which took the life of Officer William Buechner and wounded two other officers,” Ivey said.
The incident took place just after National Peace Officers Memorial Week, which Ivey said was a harrowing reminder of the dangers officers face.
“Far too often, we are reminded of the grave sacrifice the men and women in law enforcement make each day and night they go to work,” she said. “Sadly, this year in our state three men did not have the chance to return home to their families and friends, all because they risked their lives to protect our communities.”
Ivey has a personal connection to the city of Auburn, having lived there for four years. To honor Buechner’s sacrifice, Ivey ordered that the flags remain lowered until sunset on Saturday.
“The ultimate sacrifice of Officer Buechner will never be forgotten,” she said.