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Fairfield Fire Department holds prayer vigil for DPS Trooper Chad Walker

MEXIA, Texas (KTRK) — The suspect accused of shooting DPS Trooper Chad Walker near Mexia Friday night has died by suicide, Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan told KXXV-TV[1].The wounded trooper was taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to Sgt. Ryan Howard with the Texas Department of Public Safety. He was shot multiple times, KXXV-TV in Waco reported Saturday morning.

It happened near Mexia, a town of 7,500 around 7:45 p.m. on a rural farm road.The trooper, identified as Chad Walker, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association[2], was responding to a motorist assist call near US Highway 84 around 5 miles west of Mexia when he came upon a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of a farm road.

“Before Trooper Walker could stop his patrol unit [the suspect] 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 officers association said.

Walker suffered gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen and was transported to a Waco hospital, where he was stable but in critical condition.

On Saturday evening, members of the Fairfield Fire Department gathered together for a prayer vigil on behalf of Walker. Chaplain Andrew White and other local ministers led the crowd in prayer.

The suspect, identified as DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, took off into a wooded area after the shooting, according to Howard.

A Blue Alert was issued overnight for Pinson, who was last seen wearing glasses, a black hoodie and shorts with a stripe down the side. Pinson is a Black man, 6 feet tall and weighs approximately 220 pounds.

Blue Alerts are issued for people who have either killed or seriously injured a law enforcement officer.

Pinson was from Palestine in Anderson County and had a criminal history, including a ten-year prison sentence for armed robbery in Houston County, according to a 2007 edition of the Palestine Herald[3]. He was also in the U.S. Army and was arrested by Palestine police in 2003 for military desertion, the newspaper reported.Trooper Walker, who is from Groesbeck, joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2015. He and his wife have a 15-year-old son, twin 7-year-old daughters and a 2-month-old daughter, according to the association.

Mexia is approximately 160 miles northwest of Houston.

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Hazard warning: Real Madrid medical department panned as Belgian star Eden Hazard picks up ELEVENTH injury in less than two years

Serious questions are being asked as to the efficacy of Real Madrid’s medical team after record signing Eden Hazard picked up his ELEVENTH injury in less than two seasons with the Spanish giants last weekend.

Hazard was plucked from the Premier League to become Real Madrid’s latest ‘Galactico’ prior to the start of last season after seven largely successful seasons with Chelsea, but what was initially a dream move for the Belgian maestro has turned into something more resembling a nightmare after repeated injury misery has limited his appearances to just 36 over the course of his spell at the Bernabeu to date.
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The Belgian, who is Real Madrid’s all-time most expensive signing, made his first appearance since January from the bench during Madrid 2-1 against Elche on Saturday but just when it seemed that Hazard was clear of the treatment table, head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed in a press conference Monday that Hazard has suffered another setback, this time a “muscle injury in the right pelvis“.

It was clear from the presser that Zidane was as mystified as anyone about Hazard’s injury woes. He indicated that there are “things I cannot explain” in relation to the player’s continued fitness troubles – even suggesting that Hazard’s mindset could be a factor, saying that his problems might be connected to “things up here in the head, which influences a lot“.

Hazard has been restricted to just 14 first team appearances this season and 36 in total since his €100 million move from Stamford Bridge. The contrast between his spell at Chelsea and in Madrid is stark; he was rarely injured in seven seasons in West London. In Madrid, the opposite has become true.

Like always I try to stay positive and hope it will be a little thing,” Zidane explained. “Something is happening. He is a player who was never injured in his career. We want to help him.”

However, a clearly aggravated Zidane grew weary when attention turned to the Real Madrid medical steam who, for one reason or another, have been unable to nurse the player to full health for any prolonged period.

I don’t think there is a problem, we have very competent people here, who are close to the players every day,” Zidane shot back.

We are trying to find out what is happening with the injured players, there are things that happen in football. We have spoken about the pre-season, about the number of games.”
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Whatever the reason for his fitness problems, it is difficult to describe Hazard’s Real Madrid stint as anything other than a disaster up to this point. He was drafted into the team with a flawless reputation following his time with Chelsea, where he was a four-time Player of the Year.

So impressive was he towards the end of his Chelsea career that many observers predicted that he was poised to take over the mantle from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi – but this is a prophecy that looks to continue being unfulfilled as the superstar Belgian’s injury woes continue. 


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