Wounded DPS trooper to donate organs as ‘final sacrifice’
Walker remains on life-support but will be an organ donor
WACO, Texas (KBTX) - Texas Department of Public Safety Officer Chad Walker who was shot multiple times through the windshield of his patrol unit Friday no longer displays signs of viable brain activity, according to an update from DPS.
Walker remains on life-support but will be able to donate his organs.
“This final sacrifice embodies Trooper Walker’s actions throughout his life and service as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper. The Walker family is grateful for the continued support and prayers as they remain at Chad’s side,” said a Facebook post from DPS.
Walker was driving southwest at around 7:45 p.m. Friday on FM 2838 when he spotted a disabled vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the road.
As he pulled up behind the vehicle, the car’s driver got out and opened fire with a handgun. Walker, who was struck in the head and the abdomen, was taken to the Waco hospital in critical condition.
State troopers were joined by area deputies and police officers in a massive search for the gunman, whom the DPS identified as Dearthur Pinson, Jr., 36.
Pinson, who served a prison sentence for an aggravated robbery in 2006 in Crockett and was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in 2017 in Palestine, grabbed a backpack from his disabled car and ran after the shooting, authorities said.
The DPS issued a Blue Alert for Pinson early Saturday morning. The alert was canceled Saturday night after a nearly 24-hour search led authorities to an abandoned home on State Highway 84 west of Mexia, where Pinson was found dead of what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Walker was the third DPS trooper to die in the line of duty in Central Texas since 2017.
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