Kansas governor orders flags flown at half-staff to honor fallen police officer
Officer Daniel Vasquez, 32, was attempting to stop a vehicle for expired temporary tags in North Kansas City last Tuesday morning when the car’s driver shot the officer and drove away, Clay County Sheriff Will Akin said.
Vasquez was taken to the University of Kansas Health System. His death was announced about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday by the North Kansas City police department, where he had been an officer since 2021.
“I am directing flags statewide be flown at half-staff to honor Officer Daniel Vasquez, a North Kansas City Police Officer from Kansas whose life was taken too soon,” Gov. Kelly said.?“My thoughts are with Officer Vasquez’s loved ones as they mourn his loss.”
Flags will be lowered from sunup to sundown Wednesday, the day of his funeral.
Joshua Rocha, 24, of Kansas City, was being held on $2 million bond for first-degree murder and armed criminal action in Officer Vasquez's death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.