Man indicted for stealing medication, money from disabled Texas DPS trooper he was caring for

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WACO, TX — A man who was supposed to be taking care of a former Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper, who was shot in the head in the line of duty, was indicted for allegedly stealing from the disabled officer.

A McLennan County grand jury handed down an indictment against John Travis Petru last week, KWTX reported.

Petru was charged with stealing prescription medication and money from medically retired DPS Trooper Daniel Shown.

Petru was supposed to be caring for Shown between August and November of last year.

No other details were available regarding this case.

Trooper Shown was wounded in 1988 when he was assisting McLennan County deputies with a 63-year-old barricaded suspect in a rural area eight days before Christmas.

The suspect saw Shown’s flashlight and then opened fire on him with a rifle, according to KWTX.

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The bullet entered Trooper Shown’s forehead and left an arm and a leg paralyzed. In addition, he lost sight in one eye, according to the report.

Shown told KWTX in 2018:

“I was just doing my job that night.”

The trooper regained his ability to drive at some point, but then injured his usable leg in 2005.

An infection then developed in the leg after a surgical procedure and left him dependent on a wheelchair, KWTX reported.

The 100 Club Heart of Texas bought Shown a new wheelchair in 2018. The organization’s Executive Director Sandy Pechacek told KWTX at the time:

“When we learned of Daniel’s need, our board thought that was exactly in our mission and so we did what we could to make the chair possible.”

Shown said:

“I am so blessed to receive this new chair, thank you all very much.” 

The 100 Club also obtained a van and had it outfitted to accommodate Shown and his new wheelchair.

Pechacek noted:

“When we learned of Daniel’s need, our board thought that was exactly in our mission and so we did what we could to make the chair possible.”

The 100 Club Heart of Texas provides support to the surviving spouses and dependents of McLennan County law enforcement officers and firefighters who are injured or lose their lives in the line of duty.

In Orlando, Florida, cop killer Markeith Loyd was sentenced to death by a Florida judge for murdering Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton, 42.

On March 3, Ninth Circuit Judge Leticia Marques announced her decision during a short sentencing hearing, whose attendees included family members.

Marques followed the recommendation of a jury and sentenced Loyd to death for the January 2017 killing of Clayton.

The sentence came nearly three months after a jury recommended the death penalty in Loyd’s case and more than five years after Clayton was killed in the line of duty, according to reports by CNN.

Clayton was a master sergeant in the police department at the time of her death, but was posthumously promoted to lieutenant.

Clayton was trying to arrest Marques, who murdered his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, one month earlier and was on the run.

Loyd was convicted in October of 2019 of multiple charges in the murder of Dixon. He avoided the death penalty in that case after a jury recommended a life sentence.

The incident with Lt. Clayton unfolded outside a Walmart.

New York Daily News reported:

“Loyd was on the run after shooting Dixon to death when a shopper spotted him outside a Walmart and notified Clayton as she shopped at the store.

“Clayton and Loyd scuffled as the then-sergeant — she was promoted posthumously — tried to arrest him.

“He shot her four times, the last time in the neck as she lay prone in the parking lot, according to the Orlando Sentinel.”

Loyd was arrested a few days later.

On Nov. 3, 2021, Loyd was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, aggravated assault with a firearm, carjacking with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for killing Clayton, WKMG reported.

Lt. Clayton’s sister, Ashley, spoke with media after Loyd was sentenced and said her family is glad he was sentenced to death, saying in part:

“Today is a good day, and I thank God for the outcome. It’s definitely a relief, and I’m just thankful, really thankful. My whole family is thankful for relief.”

Ashley, along with her other family members, wore pink and explained why: 

“Pink was her favorite color we wore it today in honor of her. She loved pink nails. She always would wear pink nails. She loved pink. I love her and miss her and I’m so glad, I’m so glad.”

She noted the toll on her family and acknowledged she felt her sister’s presence: 

“This has been a hard five years, just knowing that, you know, just reliving it. Every day it’s just like reliving it, every day…. 

“Today I felt her presence, and I know she can rest, and we can hopefully just heal from here.”

Ashley told reporters she was very anxious before the sentencing, but felt the right decision would be made:

“I just keep hearing, ‘Life, life, life’ — we needed to get the death [sentence] because my sister didn’t have to go.

“She could still be here today. She was a good person. She didn’t deserve what happened to her, and this outcome is, this is the outcome that it should have been.”

Ashley thanked the attorneys for doing their jobs and said her sister finally received justice.

Finally, Ashley also noted there was no one quite like her sister:

“Even in heaven, I know that she is making God proud of her too. So, she’s an incredible person.”

Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón released a statement after the sentencing:

“Today, the Court has accepted the recommendation by the jury to give Lieutenant Clayton’s murderer the death penalty.

“Although nothing can undo the heartache created by the defendant’s heinous actions, we hope that this brings solace to our community, knowing a dangerous murderer will face the highest penalty provided by law.

“Lieutenant Clayton impacted the lives of those around her throughout the City of Orlando.

“Her leadership and involvement in programs like Operation Positive Direction is still felt today by seeing the dedication our officers and staff have in mentoring our youth through this program.

“I know that her legacy will live on by all who were impacted by her because, just as Lieutenant Clayton made it her life’s work to guide our youth in a positive direction, we will continue to do that in her honor.

“Though this decision may bring a sense of closure, we will never forget Debra’s sacrifice to the Orlando Police Department and City of Orlando.

“We are committed to serving in Lieutenant Debra Clayton’s honor, always.

“Please continue to keep Seth, Johnny and the entire Clayton family in your thoughts and prayers.”

CNN affiliate WFTV reported Loyd’s family and attorney did not speak Thursday, but said Loyd “lashed out verbally after his death sentence was handed down.”

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