With permission of the family, we are collecting funds to assist with medical and travel needs during this very difficult time. All proceeds will go directly to assisting Chad, Tobie, and the kids as they have a long road of recovery ahead of them.
On 03/26/2021, at approximately 7:45 PM, Trooper Chad Walker responded to a motorist assist on FM Road 2848 near the intersection of US Highway 84, approximately five miles west of Mexia in Limestone County. Trooper Walker was traveling southwest on FM 2848 as he came upon a disabled vehicle parked on the shoulder of the roadway. Trooper Walker pulled up behind the vehicle. Before Trooper Walker could stop his patrol unit, a black male, identified as Dearthur Pinson Jr., dob: 07/15/1984, 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. As a result, Trooper Walker sustained a gunshot wound to his head and abdomen. Pinson returned to his vehicle, where he retrieved a black backpack and fled the scene on foot. Trooper Walker was transported to Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest Hospital in Waco, where he remains in stable but critical condition. An extensive search for Pinson continues. A press release has been provided to media outlets, and a Blue Alert has been activated.
The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation and are supported by THP, AOD, CID, and other local, state, and federal partners. VESS Counselors and a DPS Chaplain have also responded and are with the Walker family. Trooper Walker and his wife have a 15-year-old son, twin seven-year-old daughters, and a two-month-old daughter.