GROESBECK, Texas (KWKT) – Trooper Chad Walker has passed away, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Trooper Walker is a hero who bravely served his community,” Texas DPS said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Walker was shot multiple times after he stopped on the side of FM 2383 outside Mexia to help a person with a broken-down vehicle. That person, DeArthur Pinson Jr., allegedly shot Walker and then fled the scene. Pinson Jr., was found dead at a residence on Highway 84, west of Mexia, and Texas DPS believes he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Monday, Texas DPS said Walker was no longer displaying signs of viable brain activity and would only remain on life support “until he can share the gift of life as an organ donor.”
“In his final lifesaving act, Trooper Walker’s organs were donated to save others,” Texas DPS said.
Our DPS family is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of one of our brothers in uniform who was killed in the line of duty,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. “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.”
Funeral services for Trooper Walker are still pending.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of Trooper Walker as they grieve his tragic death in the line of duty,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Wednesday evening following word of Walker’s death.
“Trooper Walker’s horrific murder is a solemn reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day to keep our communities safe. We will always support law enforcement here in Texas, and we are indebted to the sacrifices that they make to serve and protect their fellow Texans. To honor Trooper Walker and all officers across the Lone Star State, I am asking law enforcement to turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one minute tomorrow afternoon at one o’clock, and I urge my fellow Texans to stand with our police and support them as they work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”
Abbott also asked Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 1, to honor Trooper Walker and all officers in Texas.