It is with great sadness the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announces the death of a Highway Patrol Trooper following a shooting incident in Limestone County.
Trooper Chad Walker, 38, was stopping to assist a driver near Mexia, Texas, around 7:45 p.m. Friday, March 26, when he was shot multiple times. Trooper Walker was transported to Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where he later died from his injuries.
“Our DPS family is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of one of our brothers in uniform who was killed in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker was committed to protecting the people of Texas. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers during the difficult days ahead.”
Trooper Walker was a loving husband and father to four children. He is a second generation peace officer. His career in law enforcement began in 2003 with the Groesbeck Police Department and continued as a member of the Athens Police Department, Henderson Co. Sheriff’s Office and Limestone Co. Sheriff’s Office. Trooper Walker joined DPS in 2015 and was stationed in Groesbeck. He is the 223rd DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.
In his final lifesaving act, Trooper Walker’s organs were donated to save others. Funeral services for Trooper Walker are still pending at this time.
Governor Greg Abbott also issued a statement:
Locally, even though officers in this area may not have known Trooper Walker, they are definitely feeling the pain and sorrow from this incident.
Sergeant Bill Robles of the Texas Department of Public Safety stated, “Incidents like this remind us how dangerous our work is and how quickly our loved ones’ lives can be destroyed. These tragedies are always followed by a wave of love and appreciation from the communities we serve. This always reminds us that our work does matter.”
Brownfield Police Chief Tony Serbantez stated, “This man woke up and went to work, just like any other day. This just reminds us that we never know what the day will bring. It serves as a reminder that we need to always be aware of our surroundings. We talk about this in briefings often. We are fortunate in this area, in that we know we have great community support.”
Robles stated, “We hurt anytime we lose a law enforcement officer, especially when we wear the same uniform. Even if we don’t know them, we because we know we have lost a brother or a sister – someone who shares the same values and commitment to service.”
Serbantez stated, “We feel so bad for Trooper Walker’s family. Our Law Enforcement family feels it, and we feel it as a community. We are brothers in this. Texas is definitely hurting today.”