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Posted on: April 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Officers & Donation Updates; Abbott Orders Flags at Half-Staff

LETTER ORDER from Governor Greg Abbott San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam death IMAGE 04-20-20

Wounded Officers in Stable Condition

The two officers wounded in the line of duty Saturday evening continue to be hospitalized and remain in stable condition. Interim Police Chief Bob Klett said both Officer Franco Stewart and Officer Justin Mueller are showing signs of recovery as they were able to communicate with loved ones yesterday. 

Fundraisers Organized For Putnam’s Family, Stewart, and Mueller

Donation funds have been set up for the officers and their families, as well as for fallen Officer Putnam. All donations are tax-exempt. Online donations can be made at

Donations can also be mailed to:

San Marcos Police Dept.

ATTN: Tammy Strakos

2300 S. IH 35

San Marcos, TX 78666

Please make checks payable to SMCPAAA, attn: Tammy Strakos.

Abbott Sends Prayers, Encourages Honoring Officer Putnam

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a letter stating flags in San Marcos and across Texas may be lowered immediately to honor fallen San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam.

According to Gov. Abbott, “flags of the State of Texas and the United States of America in the City of San Marcos may be lowered immediately to half-staff in honor of the life and public service of San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam who was killed in the line of duty. Flags may remain at half-staff until the day of his final interment… Other cities, counties, and political subdivisions may also lower flags during the same period of time.”  

The letter was received by San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson yesterday, April 20. 

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