It has been reported that a vehicle accident happened Sunday evening in the Conroe area and two people were killed including a Patton Village Police Officer.
It is not known why the vehicle chase had been initiated, however from preliminary reports given by Trooper Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety it appears that the Officer was in pursuit of a vehicle. During the pursuit the vehicle ran through an intersection but did not have the right of way.
The officer continued through the intersection and was struck by a vehicle that was traveling through the intersection at the time. The suspect vehicle continued on.
The Officers vehicle was struck by a 1998 Chevy Suburban at which point “The force from the crash forced the officer to the immediate right of the intersection and he hit a traffic light pole,” said Trooper Standifer. The 1998 suburban rolled over and came to rest on the soft shoulder of the roadway from the impact.
The officer was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands as first responders attempted to give him CPR, however the Officer was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
One occupant of the Suburban was also killed, it was unclear of they were pronounced dead at the scene or taken to a local hospital. Several other occupants of the suburban were also injured during the collision and taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The extent of their injuries was not available at the time of this writing.
The suspect returned to the scene of his own volition:
According to Trooper Standifer :”For whatever reason, he saw fit to come back. I’d like to think that’s a decent thing for a person to do. The average person who evades from law enforcement rarely comes back. He did do that, I guess to check on the people who were involved in the crash, at which time law enforcement did come up to him and take him into custody,”
The only identification that was given on the officer was that he is in his 30’s that he is married to a dispatcher and has a daughter that is 2 years old.