A Texas state trooper is fighting for his life after being shot on Saturday night while approaching a driver who police say fled a crash near the U.S. – Mexico Border.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra shared the news on Twitter last night.  He said the unidentified trooper was responding to a report of a vehicle crash around 8:45 p.m. Saturday when the driver took off on foot.  

The trooper was shot after finding the suspect.

He was hit repeatedly and rushed to a hospital in Edinburg, where he underwent surgery and is said to be “fighting for his life”.  His condition is unknown, with some media outlets saying that according to sources, the trooper was left “brain dead”.  Other sources have told LET that the officer, who we’re told is a former Marine with three children, did not survive.  

 

Texas Department of Public Safety has not released any more information at this point.  At Law Enforcement Today, we’ve chosen to not release his identity until authorities share it publicly.

The suspect is identified as Victor Alejandro Godinez.  He was taken into custody early Sunday in the Edinburg area.  Bystanders say tactical units and a SWAT team spent the night canvassing the area.
Victor Alejandro Godinez

Victor Alejandro Godinez is the suspect in the shooting of a Texas State Trooper.

 

Earlier This Week

It was a tragic week across America in law enforcement. 

Funeral arrangements have been released for a sheriff’s deputy who died on Friday after suffering a traumatic medical event on Thursday.

It happened to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Spencer Englett on his first day of training at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center at Pickens Law Enforcement Basic Academy.

The 29-year-old deputy had previously worked for the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.  Authorities said he had recently gotten married and was “an exemplary deputy who served Forsyth County with distinction and honor.”

The sheriff’s office is asking everyone to keep Englett’s wife and family in their prayers – along with the sheriff’s office extended family, who is also grieving his loss.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that the community make a donation in Spencer’s name to BADGE of Forsyth.

 

Officer Shot By Suicidal Suspect

On Tuesday morning, a San Juan County, Colorado undersheriff was shot after a high-speed pursuit.

And it happened when the Trooper was trying to SAVE the person he had been chasing.

Here’s what happened. Undersheriff Steve Lowrance was one of the officers who responded to a high-speed chase on Highway 550 that started in La Plata County.

Eventually they were able to get the car to stop at approximately mile marker 67.

There were three people in the vehicle – one of whom was 30-year-old Amanda Christine Maes, the driver.

Lowrance realized upon approaching the vehicle that she was about to shoot herself.  When he tried to stop her, she pulled the trigger.  A bullet passed through the cheek of Lowrance, according to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.  The woman died by her own hand.

Miraculously, he survived.

Lowrance was rushed to Mercy Medical Center and is expected to make a full recovery.

The male passenger in the vehicle was questioned and released.  The 31-year-old female passenger was arrested on warrants for unrelated charges.

 

Officer Shot In Abbeville, Louisiana

Louisiana State Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a man who they say shot an officer in Abbeville on Wednesday night.

They say it happened in the 600 block of N. Gertrude Street just before 8 p.m. after the female officer conducted a traffic stop.

Louisiana State Police Detectives say the suspect is 29-year-old Nahshon Ishmael Brooks, 29.

Nahshon Ishmael Brooks (Source- LSP)

Nahshon Ishmael Brooks (Source- LSP)

 

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They say just after she pulled him over, Brooks shot the officer twice.  She was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information on Brooks’ whereabouts is asked to call Louisiana State Police at 337-262-5880.

 

Arizona Boy Charged With Trying To Kill Trooper

Thank God nobody was wounded in this shooting… but it’s an unbelievable story out of Phoenix, Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a 14-year-old boy was driving a car without headlights shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.

An Arizona state trooper tried to pull the driver over.  They say the boy stopped the car and started firing shots at the trooper.

The trooper returned fire with his rifle and the boy took off.  Nobody was hurt in the shooting, which happened in the area of 43rd and Maryland avenues.

Police say a Phoenix Police Department helicopter was able to track the boy to an alley, where he was arrested.

He’s now charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and misconduct with a weapon.

 

Two Officers Shot In Georgia

Thursday afternoon, two police officers suffered serious gunshot wounds in Henry County, Georgia. This after they responded to an incident inside a neighborhood where the gunman barricaded himself inside a home, possibly holding a teen hostage.

It happened in the Eagle Ridge subdivision in Stockbridge just before 11 a.m. Thursday morning. Police said they received reports of a domestic disturbance, and that when they entered the house, the man opened fire.

“They were both struck. I do not believe they returned fire. I believe they were able to get in the residence and then safely evacuate. One of the officers did probably assist the other officer in getting out of the home,” said Henry County Police Captain Joey Smith.

Police Chief Georgia Shootings

The police chief of the two officers shot in Georgia weighs in on their condition. Screenshot from Fox 5 interview feed.

 

One officer was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital.  He’s in serious condition after being shot in the leg and chest.

The second hospital was also rushed by ambulance to the hospital.  He’s listed in serious condition with a gunshot wound to the hand.

The names of the officers weren’t immediately available, but police did describe both as being “veterans” of the police department, having been on the force for at least 7 years and both in their 30s.

A man who said he’s the father-in-law of one of the injured officers spoke to local Fox 5 news, describing one of the wounded officers as a 32-year-old Army veteran.  He called it a “tragic situation”.

“Army veteran, two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he’s been on the force for a while. It’s just a terrible tragedy,” said Rick Corssey.