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Flags at half-staff for fallen officer as accused man remains jailed

Flags were at half-staff across the city today.
Posted at 12:10 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 15:56:50-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Flags are flying at half-staff here today in honor of the Corpus Christi police officer killed in the line of duty.

Mayor Joe McComb made the request which was then approved by Governor Greg Abbott.

Officer Alan McCollum was killed during a traffic stop on Friday night along SPID.

In addition to the flag lowering, the mayor says the city will also light the Harbor Bridge blue until the end of the week.

The mayor is asking all area businesses to fly their flags at half-staff until Friday at sunset.

And we're still learning more about what exactly happened during that accident.

The car that hit the two police officers was driven by 26-year-old Brandon Portillo, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter for McCollum's death, a first-degree felony.

He also was charged with intoxication assault for the injuries Officer Michael Love, who remains hospitalized.

The third charge Portillo faces is driving with a suspended license.

According to court records, Portillo has been accused of driving drunk and driving with an invalid license before.

Portillo was charged with driving while intoxicated in 2015 which was dismissed in 2017 for "prosecutorial discretion."

In 2011, Portillo was charged with burglary of habitation. That same year he was found guilty of hinder proceedings after he slammed a door of the courtroom and walked out during the reading of a verdict.

Portillo also faced a charge for possession of marijuana in 2010.

Portillo's current case involving the officers was given to the 94th District Court and Judge Bobby Galvan says he appeared before a magistrate at the Nueces County Jail on Saturday.

His bond is currently set at $1.5 million.

A memorial run will be held to honor McCollum tonight.

The one-mile run will occur around 6:45 p.m. tonight on Shoreline Boulevard downtown.

Officer's McCollum's family will be in attendance.

Cadets areexpected to present a donation to the family following the run.