Police are investigating two different tragedies this morning.
The first… the loss of an officer in Texas.
He’s been on the job for 19 years. On Friday night, a sheriff’s deputy died after being found with “significant injuries to his head” following a shooting in Fort Worth, Texas.
He’s Deputy Keith Shepherd. Police found him wounded inside his personal vehicle in the Tarrant County sheriff’s office parking lot, right across from the county jail.
He was found around 9:30 p.m. Police say they had expected him to return from his break about two hours earlier.
— Macy Jenkins (@MacyJJenkins) June 15, 2019
He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police say they are collecting video from all cameras within a three-block radius of the crime scene to piece together what happened.
At this time, no suspect was has been identified and no motive was immediately suspected.
“We’ve just got to follow the facts until we understand what happened,” Sheriff Bill Waybourn told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The chief hasn’t said what might have lead to the killing.
The Office of Emergency Management extends our thoughts & condolences to the @tarrantcountyso & the friends and family of fallen Sergeant Keith Shepherd.
— Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management (@FWOEM) June 15, 2019
We do know that Shepherd was assigned to the department’s detention staff, according to Chief of Staff David McClelland.
“I can tell you what I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office,” Waybourn told the newspaper. “He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father.”
Waybourn said he did not believe there was a threat to the public, even though a suspect had not yet been apprehended.
“We’re confident it will unravel soon,” the sheriff said.
In the meantime, we’ve learned the identity of a Colorado state trooper who died after crash on Interstate 70 near Denver.
Trooper William Moden died from his injuries Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle hours earlier on a rural stretch of Interstate 70 east of Denver.
After the accident, the highway was completely closed in both directions between Peoria and Limon.
It’s not clear at this point whether the trooper was inside his car or outside when he was hit.
In a statement released on Twitter, the department added:
With overwhelming sadness we can confirm that a Trooper with the Colorado State Patrol was struck and killed in the line of duty tonight. We ask you keep their family, our CSP family, first responders on scene, and all others affected in your thoughts and prayers.
— CSP Public Affairs (@CSP_News) June 15, 2019
“Trooper William Moden loved his family and loved being a Colorado State Trooper. Our hearts are heavy and he will be sorely missed.”
A procession for the fallen officer took place from the hospital early Saturday morning.