Flag honoring Johnson Co. Deputy Brandon Collins to remain at sheriff’s office for 21 hours

OLATHE, Kan. -- The United States honor flag is now at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, honoring the life of fallen Master Deputy Brandon Collins. On Sept. 11, Deputy Collins was killed when a driver slammed into his patrol car, causing a fiery crash at U.S. 69 Highway and W. 143rd Street.

The suspect, Adrian Espinosa-Flores, 38, faces charges of DUI involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

The U.S. honor flag will be at the Johnson County Sheriff's Office for 21 hours, representing Collins' 21 years of service.

He was the first member of the sheriff's office to die in 45 years, and the third in the department's history. Sheriff Frank Denning said he was the father of two young girls, a husband and "a very good law enforcement officer."

Collins was 44-years-old.

Family members said Collins was killed in the line of duty just hours after his daughter's fourth birthday.