Man accused of shooting DPS trooper dies by suicide, officials say

A Blue Alert was issued for DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, Saturday morning

DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, is considered “armed and dangerous and should not be approached,” according to officials.
DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, is considered “armed and dangerous and should not be approached,” according to officials. (KSAT)

Update:

A man accused of shooting a DPS trooper was found deceased, according to the Mclennan County Sheriff’s Office.

DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, was located by authorities Saturday evening and he has died by suicide, Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan confirms.

UPDATE: The suspect accused of shooting DPS Trooper Chad Walker near Mexia Friday night has died by suicide, according...

Posted by Mclennan County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, March 27, 2021

This comes after the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a Blue Alert for Pinson Jr. on Saturday morning. A manhunt ensued before he was later found deceased.

Trooper Chad Walker is still recovering in the hospital and is in critical condition, according to officials.

Further details are limited at this time. We’ll bring more updates as they become available.

Original:

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is hospitalized and in critical condition after officials said he was shot by another driver near Mexia, Texas.

The search for the suspect, DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, is still ongoing.

Trooper Chad Walker was called to assist a driver at 7:45 p.m., Friday, near the intersection of US Highway 84 when he pulled up behind a vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the roadway, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Before Trooper Walker could stop his vehicle, Pinson Jr. got out of the driver’s seat of the parked vehicle with a handgun and fired multiple rounds through the trooper’s windshield, officials said.

The trooper was shot in his head and abdomen, according to the TDPSOA. Pinson Jr. returned to his vehicle, grabbed a black backpack and fled the scene on foot, officials said.

Trooper Walker was taken to Baylor Scott & White - Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where he is in critical but stable condition, officials said.

As of Saturday morning, authorities issued a Blue Alert in Pinson Jr.’s disappearance.

He is considered “armed and dangerous and should not be approached,” according to officials.

DeArthur Pinson Jr. DOB 7/15/84 is currently wanted in connection to a shooting of a Texas DPS Trooper near Mexia,...

Posted by Texas Department of Public Safety - Central Texas Region on Friday, March 26, 2021

He is described as wearing a black hoodie, shorts with a stripe down the side, and he may be wearing glasses, according to the alert.

Anyone with more information on his whereabouts should contact 911 immediately.

Further details are limited at this time, but we’ll bring more updates as they become available.

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