Police: Texas LEO critically wounded, shooter dies by suicide

Trooper Chad Walker was responding to the suspect's disabled vehicle when he was shot

By Jack Howland
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Texas — A man who shot and critically wounded a state trooper in Mexia has died by suicide, a central Texas television station reported on Saturday night.

DeArthur Pinson's death was attributed in the report to Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan.

Pinson fired multiple rounds at Trooper Chad Walker on a highway in Mexia, about 100 miles southeast of Fort Worth, in Limestone County, after Walker responded to his disabled vehicle, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Pinson struck him in the head and abdomen, officials said, and Walker was taken to a hospital in Waco.

Walker was in critical but stable condition, according to Texas DPS.

Walker was responding to a report of a disabled vehicle on FM Road 2848, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 84, when he encountered Pinson, according to DPS. Walker pulled up behind the vehicle, but before he could stop, Pinson emerged from the driver's seat with a handgun, officials said. He began firing.

There was an extensive search for Pinson.

"Please keep Trooper Walker and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time," Texas DPS Central Texas Regional Director Todd Snyder wrote in a release.

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