Chief Allen Banks of the Round Rock Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer Charles Whites.

Officer Whites, 63, was directing traffic at a fatal pedestrian traffic accident on Interstate 35 in February of this year when he was struck by an intoxicated driver. He was transported to the hospital in grave condition.

After emergency surgery, Whites was transferred to the Hospice Austin Christopher House intensive care unit for long term care and rehabilitation. His condition gradually deteriorated following surgery and he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Whites “served the community for 19 years as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, and SWAT Negotiator,” according to Round Rock police.

After Whites death, there was a procession from the Hospice Austin Christopher House where Officer Whites was staying to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office on Springdale Road at around 3:30 p.m. There, a “Police Honor Wall” greeted him, reported KVUE.

“We are devastated by the passing of Officer Charles Whites,” said Chief Banks in a statement. “Our heart breaks for Connie and all of Charles’ family. Charles was a great officer and an even better person. The past two months have shown how strong and close-knit we are as a Department. The support we’ve received from the Round Rock community, surrounding communities, and regional first responders has been inspiring. We will continue to lean on this strength and support as we remember Charles and honor his many years of public service.”

Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan released the following statement after the news:

Officer Charles Whites paid the ultimate price to protect our community, and we are profoundly saddened by his passing. On behalf of the City of Round Rock, I extend my deepest sympathies to his family, and I ask all our citizens to join me in praying for the family, colleagues and friends he leaves behind.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley also expressed his condolences.

Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks spoke about White’s passing Friday. His comments can be heard in the press conference below:

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick released this statement after hearing about Officer White’s passing:

We’re deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Officer White. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Round Rock Police Department. Over the next few weeks we’ll be working closely with the Round Rock Police to file the most appropriate charges. But today is about officer Whites and his family. Our deepest sympathies go out them.

Officer White’s passing is the second Round Rock Police Department line of duty death. The first occurred in 1878, when City Marshal A. G. Hall died one week after he was shot during a gunfight with two brothers at a local saloon.

Charles Whites’ wife and stepson survive him.

Officer Charles Whites is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, April 27, 2018.

Charles White

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)