A statewide manhunt is underway in Texas following the shooting of a Department of Public Safety trooper Friday night. The trooper is listed in critical condition after being shot multiple times.
The Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association reported that 37-year-old DeArthur Pinson, Jr, shot and critically wounded a state trooper Friday night around 8 p.m. KWTX CBS10 reported. The shooting occurred as Trooper Chad Walker stopped to assist the driver of a stranded vehicle.
The association reported that Trooper Walker responded to a stranded motorist on U.S. Highway 84 near Mexia, Texas. Mexia is located northeast of Waco.
“Before Trooper Walker could stop his patrol unit, a black male, identified as DeArthur Pinson Jr., immediately 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,” the association posted on Facebook.
After Pinson allegedly shot Trooper Walker, he walked back to his vehicle, grabbed a black backpack and fled on foot.
Trooper Walker sustained multiple wounds to the head and abdomen, the association disclosed. EMS crews transported the trooper to Baylor Scott & White where his reported to be in stable but critical condition.
The State of Texas issued a Blue Alert as an intensive manhunt is underway for the alleged shooter. Police warned Pinson is considered to be armed and dangerous.
Pinson is a resident of Palestine, located in Anderson County, Texas, KTRK ABC 13 reported. He reportedly served a ten-year prison sentence for armed robbery in Houston County. Records indicate police in Palestine arrested him in 2003 for military desertion, according to the Palestine Herald.
Trooper Walker is a six-year veteran of the Texas Department of Public Safety. He is married and has three children, ages 15, 7, and two months.