A man wanted on suspicion of shooting at a Texas trooper multiple occasions in a rural roadside ambush was found dead from a clear self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.
The entire body of this 36-year-old alleged gunman was detected Saturday night at a home at the Central Texas city of Mexia, in which he had barricaded himself through a standoff with law enforcement officers, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
The suspect's departure came a day after he allegedly uttered Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker, a married father of four kids, shooting him in the head and stomach when Walker reacted to what he apparently believed was a handicapped driver parked on the back of a street about 40 miles north of Waco, public security officials said.
On Monday evening, the Texas Department of Public Safety tweeted:"After extensive life threatening efforts performed by the @bswhealth healthcare specialists, it's been ascertained that Trooper Chad Walker no longer shows signs of workable brain action and he stays on life-support till he could talk about the gift of life within an organ donor."
"This last sacrifice embodies Trooper Walker's activities during his life and support as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper. The Walker family is thankful for the continuing support and prayers as they stay at Chad's side," they added in another tweet.
"Please maintain Trooper Walker and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," Todd Snyder, regional manager of the state Department of Public Safety, said in a declaration in the time of this episode.
A Texas Rangers chaplain have been with Walker's wife as well as their 15-year-old son, 7-year-old twin brothers and a 2-month-old baby woman, Snyder explained.
The Texas Rangers, a part of the nation's Department of Public Safety, is investigating the shooting.
The shooting totaled about 7:45 p.m. on Friday, on a rural road about five kilometers out Mexia, a little town of almost 7,400 individuals in Limestone County, officials said.
Walker, who had been lonely, pulled up behind a disabled vehicle on the back of the street and was assaulted before he could escape his patrol car, Snyder explained.
Snyder alleged upon visiting Walker's patrol car, Pinson"promptly emerged in the driver's seat of their handicapped vehicle armed with a handgun and fired several rounds Trooper Walker throughout the patrol unit's windshield"
After supposedly shooting Walker, Pinson hurried back into his automobile, recovered a back pack and fled the scene on foot,'' Snyder explained.
Walker was part of the Texas Department of Public Safety because 2015.
At least 2 candlelight prayer vigils were held to get Walker Saturday day, one out a Waco restaurant along with the other outside a courthouse in neighboring Freestone, Texas, that was coordinated by firefighters who've worked with Walker on many emergency calls.
Throughout the Freestone vigil, Andrew Weitner, chaplain of this Freestone Fire Department, described Walker as a brave law enforcement officer and also a dedicated husband and dad.
"You may observe the core of a father, the core of a slave, someone who understands and admits he's heading out to place his life on the line not just for his kids but also for the community," Weitner explained. "It will not stop here. The same as any chance, the opportunity to continue to intervene, the opportunity to beg for him remains crucial."