Mexia, TX – A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper was shot Friday night, and the suspect is on the run.
At around 8 p.m. Friday night, Trooper Chad Walker stopped to help with a stranded motorist on FM Road 2848 and U.S. Highway 84., according to KBTX.
Before Trooper Walker even stopped his patrol car, a gunman emerged from the disabled vehicle and shot him in the head through his patrol car windshield.
Trooper Walker was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to KXAN.
His alleged shooter is DeArthur Pinson, Jr., a 36-year-old male, 6 feet tall, last seen wearing a hoodie and shorts with a stripe down the side.
DeArthur Pinson Jr. DOB 7/15/84 is currently wanted in connection to a shooting of a Texas DPS Trooper near Mexia, Texas.— TxDPS – Central Texas Region (@TxDPSCentral) March 27, 2021
Pinson is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Contact 911 immediately with any information on his whereabouts. pic.twitter.com/RQ3HbRTrmN
He may be wearing glasses, according to DPS.
A Blue Alert was issued for Pinson Saturday morning.
Blue Alerts are issued when somebody is on the run after seriously wounding or killing a law enforcement officer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Texas DPS Trooper shot last night near Mexia, TX. pic.twitter.com/ViVA6WCisR— Texas Game Warden (@TexasGameWarden) March 27, 2021
Last night Texas State Trooper Chad Walker stopped behind a disabled vehicle. Before Trooper Walker could exit his vehicle, the driver emerged and fired multiple rounds through the troopers windshield, striking him in the head and abdomen. He is currently in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/9PLKwxfxqO— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) March 27, 2021
Pinson should be considered armed and dangerous, and anybody who sees him is asked to call 911.