Man killed, another injured after being shot by DPS trooper during traffic stop, officials say

The injured man is recovering in a San Antonio hospital, DPS confirms

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GUADALUPE COUNTY, Texas – A man is dead and another man is recovering in a San Antonio hospital after a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper shot them during a traffic stop in Seguin, according to authorities.

The incident happened around 7:45 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Love’s Travel Stop in the 3100 block of I-10.

According to the Seguin Gazette, a Guadalupe County deputy constable saw a pickup truck in the travel stop’s parking lot and believed it to be stolen. He then called for backup officers as he followed it at a distance.

A DPS trooper was among the backup officers that arrived and pulled up alongside the suspect’s truck. The deputy constable’s vehicle was behind the truck to conduct the traffic stop, according to authorities.

The trooper got out of their vehicle and the suspect put the truck in reverse, slamming into the front of the deputy constable’s vehicle, the Seguin Gazette reports.

It was during that crash that the DPS trooper pulled a gun and fired multiple shots toward the truck, said Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kenny Mata. He added the trooper is the only one who fired gunshots during the incident.

The gunfire struck the driver, who died at the scene from his injuries. The passenger of the vehicle, another man, suffered injuries and is being treated at a San Antonio hospital, officials said.

At last check, the passenger’s condition is unknown.

The DPS trooper involved in the shooting hasn’t been identified and the investigation continues.

KSAT has reached out to DPS for further details. We’ll update this story as they become available.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.