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Bryan mass shooting suspect identified, faces murder charge after 1 killed, 4 critically hurt and DPS trooper shot

Bryan mass shooting suspect identified, faces murder charge after 1 killed, 4 critically hurt and DPS trooper shot

BRYAN, Texas (KWKT[1]/KXAN) — Police said one person is dead and at least four others were critically hurt after a mass shooting at a Bryan cabinets store Thursday afternoon. The Bryan Police Department identified the suspected gunman as Larry Bollin, 27, of nearby Grimes County.

Bollin was arrested by the Texas Department of Public Safety in Grimes County, charged with murder and booked into the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, according to Bryan PD. He is an employee at the cabinet business.

Bryan PD said initial calls came in at 2:30 p.m., reporting a shooting with several injured at 350 Stone City Drive. Officers arrived on scene and gave care to the victims while searching for the suspect, now identified as Bollin. He was not at the scene when officers got there.

A total of six people were taken to nearby hospitals like St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital in Bryan and St. Joseph Health College Station Hospital[3], but only four were in critical condition. One person was listed as having non-life-threatening injuries, and another was listed as having a medical episode. All were workers at the business.

One person was found dead at the scene, Bryan PD said. The department will release their name Friday.

Right now, the suspect’s motive is unknown, according to Bryan PD.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was also shot while chasing Bollin, the agency confirmed on social media[5]. The trooper is in serious, but stable condition.

Lt. Craig Cummings with Texas DPS said in an update Thursday night that, “during that [arrest] attempt, the suspect shot at our trooper, injuring our trooper, and that suspect then fled the scene. He was taken into custody at about 4:20 p.m. [Thursday].”

The shooting reportedly happened at the Kent Moore Cabinets store, located in the 500 block of Industrial Boulevard in Bryan. Officers are interviewing other employees at the business as well as collecting evidence from the crime scene.

Marc Baron, an employee at Kent Moore Cabinets, said it was “just a regular day, and you can start hearing… gunshots, slamming, running, people falling, screaming — I fell myself. My whole leg went in the mud.”

Another witness said the suspect didn’t say anything and began shooting at certain workers.

Kent Moore Cabinets released a statement about the shooting on Facebook[7] Thursday night. It said “our hearts are hurting.”

“We’re all devastated by the tragic events at our Stone City manufacturing plant in Bryan on Thursday. Our thoughts are with our workers and their families, and we ask that you join us in keeping everyone touched by this tragedy in your thoughts and prayers. We are fully cooperating with the police who are investigating this horrible crime. We’re thankful that law enforcement officers responded so quickly and are so appreciative of the critical medical care that paramedics provided to our coworkers. Our focus now is on our employees and their families during this most difficult time, and we hope you understand we are not able to respond to your comments. Your concern and kind words are deeply appreciated.”
-Kent Moore Cabinets

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement, shown below, talking about how law enforcement handled the investigation and apprehended the suspect.

“I have been working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers as they assist local law enforcement on a swift response to this criminal act. Their efforts led to the arrest of the shooting suspect. The state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect. Cecilia and I are praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect.”
-Gov. Greg Abbott

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, College Station Police Department, Texas A&M University Police Department and local constables all helped at the scene.

KXAN’s sister station in Waco, FOX44 News, also confirmed a school in the area was on lockdown. Students won’t be released until police give an all-clear signal.

The shooting reportedly happened at the Kent Moore Cabinets store, located in the 500 block of Industrial Boulevard in Bryan. (KAGS)
The shooting reportedly happened at the Kent Moore Cabinets store, located in the 500 block of Industrial Boulevard in Bryan. (KAGS)

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Texas DPS trooper Chad Walker dies days after being shot during driver assist in Limestone County

Texas DPS trooper Chad Walker dies days after being shot during driver assist in Limestone County

WACO, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Department of Public Safety is mourning as one of its own who died in the line of duty.

Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker was taken off life support Wednesday after being shot multiple times on March 26 after stopping on the side of FM 2383 outside Mexia[2] to help a person with a broken-down vehicle.

“Our DPS family is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of one of our brothers in uniform who was killed in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker was committed to protecting the people of Texas. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers during the difficult days ahead.”

DeArthur Pinson Jr[3]., allegedly shot Walker, then fled the scene. It led Texas DPS to issue a Blue Alert, meaning they were looking for someone who was thought to have critically injured or killed a member of law enforcement.

Pinson Jr., was later found dead at a residence on Highway 84, west of Mexia, and Texas DPS believes he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Walker is survived by his wife and four children. He was taken off life support after his organs were donated, Texas DPS said.

Gov. Greg Abbott asked Texas law enforcement to turn on their red and blue lights for one minute at 1 p.m. on Thursday to honor Walker.

“Our hearts are with the family and friends of Trooper Walker as they grieve his tragic death in the line of duty,” said Abbott in a press release. “Trooper Walker’s horrific murder is a solemn reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day to keep our communities safe. We will always support law enforcement here in Texas, and we are indebted to the sacrifices that they make to serve and protect their fellow Texans.”

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Texas trooper to be taken off life support once he can 'share gift of life' as organ donor, DPS says

Texas trooper to be taken off life support once he can 'share gift of life' as organ donor, DPS says

MEXIA, Texas (KXAN) — Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker will be taken off life support once he’s able to become an organ donor, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced Monday via Facebook.

Texas DPS said Walker “no long displays signs of viable brain activity” and will only remain on life support “until he can share the gift of life as an organ donor.”

Walker was shot multiple times after he stopped on the side of FM 2383 outside Mexia[2] to help a person with a broken-down vehicle. That person, DeArthur Pinson Jr., allegedly shot Walker and then fled the scene. It led Texas DPS to issue a Blue Alert, meaning they were looking for someone who was thought to have critically injured or killed a member of law enforcement. The emergency message was sent to cell phones all over Texas.

“This final sacrifice embodies Trooper Walker’s actions throughout his life and service as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper,” the Facebook post from Texas DPS said. “The Walker family is grateful for the continued support and prayers as they remain at Chad’s side.”

Walker was being treated at Baylor Scott and White hospital in Waco. A GoFundMe account[3] was set up for him and his family on Sunday, and it has already surpassed its $ 60,000 goal.

Pinson Jr., was found dead at a residence on Highway 84, west of Mexia, and Texas DPS believes he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Texas state trooper not showing 'viable signs of brain activity' and will remain on life support, DPS says

Texas state trooper not showing 'viable signs of brain activity' and will remain on life support, DPS says
MEXIA, Texas (KTRK) — A state trooper shot multiple times during a central Texas motorist assist call Friday night is no longer showing ‘viable brain activity,’ according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.DPS Trooper Chad Walker was shot multiple times as he answered a motorist assist call outside of Mexia, approximately 160 miles northwest of Houston, according to the Texas DPS Officers Association.

Walker suffered gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen during the shooting.Sunday night, DPS said Walker remained in critical condition. But by Monday afternoon, the agency posted an update on Twitter that Walker did not display signs of viable brain activity but remained on life support until he can become a donor.

“After extensive life-saving efforts conducted by the @bswhealth medical professionals, it has been determined that 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,” DPS wrote. “This final sacrifice embodies Trooper Walker’s actions throughout his life and service as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper. The Walker family is grateful for the continued support and prayers as they remain at Chad’s side.”

Family and friends created a GoFundMe to help Walker’s medical bills.
[2]

Trooper Walker, who is from Groesbeck, joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2015. Walker and his wife have a 15-year-old son, twin 7-year-old daughters and a 2-month-old daughter, according to the association.The suspect, identified as DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, of Palestine, Texas, died by suicide on Saturday evening, Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan told KXXV-TV[3].

Soon after the shooting, around five miles outside of the city of 7,500, law enforcement from multiple agencies began an intense search for Pinson. Authorities said he took off into a wooded area and was on the run for several hours before his body was discovered.

“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 Saturday.

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.

Another gathering 40 miles away took place in Waco near the hospital where Walker was being treated.

Pinson had a criminal history, including a 10-year prison sentence for armed robbery in Houston County, according to a 2007 edition of the Palestine Herald[4]. He was also in the U.S. Army and was arrested by Palestine police in 2003 for military desertion, the newspaper reported.

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References

  1. ^ March 29, 2021 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ GoFundMe (gofund.me)
  3. ^ KXXV-TV (www.kxxv.com)
  4. ^ according to a 2007 edition of the Palestine Herald (www.palestineherald.com)

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Fundraising page launched for Texas DPS trooper shot multiple times on Friday night

Fundraising page launched for Texas DPS trooper shot multiple times on Friday night

MEXIA, Texas (KXAN) — An online fundraiser has been launched to support Chad Walker, the Texas DPS trooper who was shot on Friday night, and his family.

Walker was shot multiple times after he stopped to help the driver of a disabled vehicle on FM 2838 outside Mexia, northeast of Waco, DPS said.

Walker was taken to a hospital in Waco where he is in a critical condition.

A GoFundMe page[1] created for Walker, a father-of-four, and his family raised more than $ 12,000 as of 3 p.m. on Sunday.

It was created by Kara Hardin, who wrote on the page that she had the family’s permission to collect donations, which she said will be used for medical and travel needs.

After the shooting, DPS launched a Blue Alert for the suspect, 36-year-old DeArthur Pinson, Jr.,

Blue Alerts are issued for people who are accused of killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer. The alert was canceled when Pinson was found dead on Saturday evening.

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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.

Fairfield Fire Department holds prayer vigil for DPS Trooper Chad Walker

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

Fairfield Fire Department holds prayer vigil for DPS Trooper Chad Walker

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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Manhunt underway for 'armed and dangerous' suspect after Texas DPS trooper shot in Limestone County

Manhunt underway for 'armed and dangerous' suspect after Texas DPS trooper shot in Limestone County

MEXIA, Texas (KXAN) — An “armed and dangerous” suspect is on the run after he allegedly shot a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in Limestone County on Friday night.

DPS says the trooper is in a critical condition in a hospital after the shooting outside Mexia, northeast of Waco, at about 8 pm.

DeArthur Pinson, Jr. has been identified as the suspect. Anyone who sees the 36-year-old should not approach him and should instead call 9-1-1.

Early on Saturday morning, DPS issued a Blue Alert for Pinson.

Blue Alerts are issued for people who are accused of killing or seriously injuring a law enforcement officer.

References

  1. ^ pic.twitter.com/RQ3HbRTrmN (t.co)
  2. ^ March 27, 2021 (twitter.com)

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