Governor directs state flag to half-staff for deceased CT police official

The state of Connecticut flag will be lowered to half-staff on the state Capitol building in Hartford from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, June 16 in honor of the late Christopher Corbett, who had been Waterbury acting deputy police chief before his death on June 11.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has directed the flag to be lowered as a way to honor Corbett, 40, who served as that local law enforcement agency’s public spokesman at times.

“Deputy Chief Corbett loved serving the department and devoted his career to ensuring the security and safety of the people of Waterbury,” Malloy said.

“I join police officers and residents from throughout the State of Connecticut in mourning his loss,” Malloy said.

“We thank him for his service to his community, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and fellow officers in the Waterbury Police Department," the governor said.

Funeral is Tuesday

Corbett died of an apparent suicide at his parents’ residence in Waterbury. His funeral services are scheduled to be held on Tuesday morning.

“We are all so fortunate to have had this wonderful man in our lives,” his family said in Corbett’s obituary. “He was the best person any of us have ever known and we were all so incredibly proud of him.”

Corbett, who was married, served in the Waterbury Police Department for 18 years. He was promoted to acting deputy police chief in 2013 after serving as captain for three years.