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Trooper Walker’s Shooter Found Dead Of Suicide, Trooper’s Wounds Not Survivable

Mexia, TX – The career criminal who shot Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Chad Walker multiple times on Friday was found dead of suicide on Saturday, while the trooper he tried to kill remains on life support until his organs can be donated.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on March 26 when Trooper Walker stopped to help with a stranded motorist on FM Road 2848 and U.S. Highway 84 in Limestone County, according to KBTX.

“Before Trooper Walker could stop his patrol unit [the suspect] immediately emerged from the driver’s seat of the disabled vehicle armed with a handgun and fired multiple rounds at Trooper Walker through the patrol unit’s windshield,” the Texas DPS Officers Association said in a statement, KHOU reported.

Trooper Walker was shot in the head and abdomen.

The wounded trooper was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Waco in critical condition, KHOU reported.

Authorities quickly identified the gunman and launched a manhunt.

Law enforcement issued a Blue Alert for 36-year-old DeArthur Pinson, Jr. on Saturday morning.

Police said Pinson took a black backpack out of his vehicle and took off into the woods after he shot Trooper Walker, KTRK reported.

He was on the loose in the woods for several hours and law enforcement officers from multiple agencies used helicopters and dogs to search for the armed suspect.

Deputies found Pinson dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound later on March 27 near Mexia, KHOU reported.

Texas DPS announced in a tweet on Monday afternoon that Trooper Walker would not survive his wounds and was being kept alive so that he could be an organ donor.

The trooper is married with four children, including a two-month old baby, KHOU reported.

Pinson was sentenced to 10 years in prison for armed robbery in Houston County, the Palestine Herald reported in 2007.

He was also arrested by the Palestine Police Department for military desertion in 2003 while he was serving in the U.S. Army.

Friends have established a GoFundMe campaign to help the trooper’s family and you can click here to contribute.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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