BISMARCK -- Gov. Doug Burgum has directed all government agencies across the state to fly the U.S. and North Dakota flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 2, in honor of Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, who died in the line of duty Wednesday, May 27, in a fatal shooting.
Holte, 29, and a three-year veteran of the Grand Forks Police Department, also served as a first lieutenant in the North Dakota Army National Guard.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks. The funeral will be streamed live on GrandForksHerald.com and other Forum Communications sites. It also will air live on all ABC stations statewide.
Burgum encourages North Dakotans to also fly their flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses.
“Officer Cody Holte devoted his life to the protection and safety of his community, his state, his country and his fellow citizens,” Burgum said in statement. “We lower the flags as a mark of our utmost respect and deepest gratitude for his courageous service and his ultimate sacrifice.”
A GoFundMe was started for Holte's wife and 10-month-old son to donate go to .gofundme.com/f/officer-cody-holte-memorial. As of Monday morning, it had raised more than $75,000.
A memorial fund also has been started for Holte's family through the Grand Forks Police Department.
The fund is set up at First State Bank in Grand Forks. First State Bank phone number is (701) 746-7766.
A makeshift memorial has been created outside of the Grand Forks Police Department with balloons and flowers to honor Holte. Many buildings and homes have blue lights at night for the fallen officer, including the Grand Forks water tower.
Holte died in an exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and Salamah Pendleton, 41, of Grand Forks, who has been charged with two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, one count of criminal mischief, one count of terrorizing and one count of reckless endangerment.
Pendleton's 61-year-old mother Lola Moore, who was in the apartment at the time of the incident, was also killed.
The incident occurred when Grand Forks County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an eviction notice to the tenant of 1267 S. 17th St. #303.
Grand Forks Sheriff Deputy Ron Nord was injured in the shooting, but has since been released from the hospital.