A Texas DPS Trooper will stay on life support until he can donate his organs following his death after being shot while reporting to a disabled vehicle.
Trooper Chad Walker of the Texas Department of Public Safety will remain on life support so his organs can be donated to save other people, according to Texas DPS on Facebook.
Trooper Walker was shot through his windshield when he tried to assist a disabled car on a rural road west of Mexia on Friday night, March 26, 2021.
He was on FM 2838 when he spotted a stranded vehicle. Walker pulled over to check on the vehicle when the driver, Dearthur Pinson, Jr., 36, got out of his car and shot Walker through his windshield.
The state trooper sustained injuries to his abdomen and head. Since the shooting, he has been at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in the intensive care unit. The Texas DPS shared an update of his condition:
"Trooper Chad Walker no longer displays signs of viable brain activity and he remains on life-support until he can share the gift of life as an organ donor."
The statement read that his last sacrifice was a testament to his actions of serving his community in his life and career throughout his time as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper.
Walker had previously served for two-years in Corpus Christi, according to Sergeant Nathan Brandley. Brandley shared that Walker had loved his job and was upbeat and a hard worker.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help his family cover the medical bills and travel costs. Over 1700 people have donated to the fundraiser.
The suspect was later found on Saturday night, dead by self-inflicted gun wounds at an abandoned building on State Highway 84 west of Mexia. Pinson had previously served time for aggravated robbery in 2006.