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Hero Down: Grayson County Sheriff’s Investigator Dusty Wainscott Dies Of Medical Emergency After Foot Pursuit

Sherman, TX – Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Investigator Dusty Wainscott died in the line of duty on Wednesday after assisting in the apprehension of two suspects who fled from officers on foot, according to his department.

The 38-year-old investigator and multiple other members of the GCSO responded to the intersection of McGee Street and Park Place to help out on a traffic stop at approximately 7 p.m., the sheriff’s office said in a press release on Thursday.

Two suspects inside the vehicle fled on foot and were eventually apprehended after a physical altercation, KDFW reported.

After they were in custody, Investigator Wainscott collapsed, the GCSO said.

His fellow deputies rendered emergency aid before the longtime investigator was rushed to a local hospital, where he passed away.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine his cause of death, KDFW reported.

Investigator Wainscott was a lifelong resident of Grayson County, according to his department.

He joined the GCSO in 2008, and served as a patrol deputy, hostage negotiator, field training officer, intelligence investigator, and criminal investigator during his career.

“Dusty was one of the good ones,” Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt told KXII on Thursday. “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.”

Investigator Wainscott also previously served as a police officer in Pottsboro and Van Alstyne, according to KDFW.

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

Investigator Wainscott leaves behind his wife and many family members.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dusty Wainscott, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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