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Gov. George W. Bush

In honor of Rhonda Jean Russell, a Blair County corrections officer who died in the line of duty on Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all state facilities, public buildings, and grounds in Blair County to fly the Pennsylvania flag at half-staff immediately.

Russell was shot and killed by what appeared to be friendly fire at an Altoona courthouse during a struggle with an inmate who had grabbed her weapon, according to police.

When the inmate disarmed Russell, he was being transported from the Blair County jail to Central Court in Altoona for a hearing, state police said.

Another officer in the building opened fire on the inmate to stop him from harming Russell, who was hit by the bullet, according to authorities.

According to state police, Russell, 47, of Altoona, was pronounced dead at UPMC Altoona.

The officer who opened fire has not been identified by state police, but Altoona Police Sgt.

An Altoona police officer was involved, according to Matt Plummer.

The inmate faces charges of criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide, kidnapping, and other charges, according to state police.

The Commonwealth flag will be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Sunday, November 21, 2021, as per Wolf’s order.

The American flag will be flown at half-staff at all times.

This event is open to all Pennsylvania residents.

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