Tx. Trooper 'Has No Viable Brain Activity' After Being Shot During Roadside Stop

A Texas state trooper is on life support and has been left with no viable brain activity after allegedly being shot multiple times by a gunman who ambushed him during a roadside stop, say authorities.

On Friday at about 7:45 p.m., Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker, a married father of four, responded to a call to help a disabled motorist on the side of the road in rural Limestone County near Mexia, the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association said in a statement.

"The suspect fired at Trooper Walker before he was able to stop his vehicle, striking him in the head and abdomen," the statement says.

As Walker was pulling over, the suspect, later identified as DeArthur Pinson, Jr., allegedly "emerged from the driver's seat of the disabled vehicle armed with a handgun and fired multiple rounds at Trooper Walker through the patrol unit's windshield," Todd Snyder, regional director of the state Department of Public Safety, said in a statement, ABC News reports.

Walker was rushed to Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, while Pinson, Jr., fled the scene.

The suspect was later found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a home in Mexia, where he had barricaded himself during a standoff with authorities, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement, ABC News reports.

Walker is still in the hospital but he "no longer displays signs of viable brain activity," the Texas DPS said in a statement on Twitter, adding that he "remains on life-support until he can share the gift of life as an organ donor."

Walker's wife, their 15-year-old son, 7-year-old twin daughters and 2-month-old baby girl were at his bedside along with a Texas Rangers chaplain, the Texas DPS said.

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As authorities continue to investigate, Walker's family, friends, and colleagues are mourning his loss and offering support to his grieving family.

The Texas Fallen Officer Foundation is raising money to help support Walker's wife and children.

"We just try to help the law enforcement and their families, try to comfort them in a real time of need," Chaplain Ron Leonard, a volunteer with The Texas Fallen Officer Foundation, said, Fox44 News reports. "As you know this kind of trauma will affect them not months but years to come."

When Walker was fighting for his life in the hospital, Leonard described him as "a good officer," he told Fox 44. "He has been with the department for a while, he is a strong believer in Christ and that's what really helped him through it."

Referring to the organ donations, the Texas DPS wrote in a tweet, "This final sacrifice embodies Trooper Walker's actions throughout his life and service as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper. The Walker family is grateful for the continued support and prayers as they remain at Chad's side."

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Walker's wife and children.

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