Texarkana College Police Officer involved in fatal I-49 motorcycle crash


TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – Texarkana College is mourning the death of a campus police officer who died Saturday afternoon in a fatal motorcycle crash in Shreveport, La.

According to a press release from the college, 56-year-old Damon Lynn, of New Boston died due to injuries in a single accident near the intersections of I-49 and I-20.

“Officer Lynn took great care to patrol Texarkana College and assure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff,” said Texarkana College Police Chief Stephan Gass said in a released statement Monday.

“He also was very mindful of visitors on campus who attended events and participated in activities. It was not unusual for him to also check on the safety of neighborhood children who frequently rode bikes near the campus and played soccer and other sports in the green space area of campus near the walking trail. We’ve had numerous emails and texts sent to our office telling us of the special attention Officer Lynn gave others to assure their safety. He will be greatly missed by people throughout our region.”

Chief Gass said members of the TC Police Department are working with Officer Lynn’s family members to plan a memorial service on TC campus.

“We will host a memorial service at Texarkana College to honor and remember Officer Lynn and his more than 30 years of combined law enforcement service. At this time, we have not formalized any details regarding the date or time for the memorial service, however, we are working with family members who anticipate the service taking place in the next two or three weeks.”

The release said Lynn was participating in a recreational motorcycle ride with fellow police officers when the accident occurred. Shreveport police said speed may have been a factor and the victim was wearing a non-approved helmet.

The crash is still under investigation by SPD. There were no other vehicles involved. An autopsy was ordered through Ochsner LSU Health hospital.

Officer Lynn joined the TCPD in August 2016 and served as a patrolman since that time. Prior to Officer Lynn’s service with TCPD, he served in law enforcement with Bowie County Sheriff’s Office, New Boston Texas Police Department, Grand Prairie Police Department, and also in Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Lynn’s family and friends during this tragic time of loss.

Suzie Irwin, Texarkana College PIO

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