Grayson County Sheriff’s investigator dies in line of duty

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 11:16 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 11:55 AM CDT
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Press Release on Line of Duty Death

Posted by Grayson County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, September 9, 2021

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - An investigator for the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office died in the line of duty Wednesday night.

The investigator identified Thursday morning as Dusty Wainscott, 38, collapsed and died after chasing and getting into a physical altercation with two suspects who ran off during a traffic stop around the Park Place and McGee Street area of Sherman around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Sheriff Tom Watt said Thursday that Wainscott and other investigators apprehended two suspects from the vehicle after they fled on foot. Shortly after they were arrested, Watt said Investigator Wainscott collapsed. Watt said Investigator Wainscott received medical care on scene and was transported to a local hospital where he passed away.

“Dusty was one of the good ones, he had a work ethic like you can’t imagine, those that knew him intimately knew a sense of humor that was sometimes a little different than everybody else’s but he could make you laugh on a dime,” Sheriff Watt said.

Watt said Investigator Wainscott served as a law enforcement officer in Grayson County for 16 years, previously serving as an officer of the Van Alstyne Police Department and Pottsboro Police Department. He had been with the sheriff’s office since 2008, serving as a patrol deputy, field-training officer, hostage negotiator, criminal investigator and intelligence investigator.

“We had police officers all over Grayson County that work for the cities that covered 934 square miles of land mass for us, we didn’t have to lift a finger after this happened,” Sheriff Watt said.

Investigator Wainscott was a lifelong resident of Grayson County and leaves behind a wife and other family members.

“The members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office ask for your thoughts and prayers for Investigator Wainscott’s family during this difficult time,” Watt said. “He served this county with integrity and pride. His passing will leave a tremendous void in our agency and county.”

Tonight, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office lost a great man, one who served our county honestly with integrity and...

Posted by Tom Watt - Grayson County Sheriff on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

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