The amount of hate cops receive on a daily basis for putting their lives on the line is appalling. Stories like this should make it clear to the American public, the men in blue put their lives on the line to keep order; with their families never knowing if they will return home that day. This cop, tragically, did not return home.
A North Texas police officer was shot and killed on Tuesday while responding to a call about a man with a gun. He is the third peace officer to die from a gunshot wound in less than three weeks into the new year.
UPDATE 10:40 p.m. CST: Little Elm Fire Chief Brian Roach confirmed to local reporters that the suspect who shot and killed Detective Jerry Walker with a rifle was found dead inside the home. He barricaded himself inside the home after opening fire on the officers. The standoff with the police lasted several hours, NBCDFW5 reported late Tuesday night.
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Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker was responding with other officers to a report about a man with a gun about 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Officers told the suspect to drop his weapon, but he ran inside a home and opened fire on police officers, WFAA ABC8 in Dallas reported. Denton County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Orlando Hinojosa told reporters, “One officer was shot.”
Little Elm, Texas, is located in Denton County, just north of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex.
Officer Walker reportedly received one gunshot wound to the upper neck, Fox4 Dallas reported. He was transported by air ambulance to the Denton Regional Hospital where he later died from his wound.
Nearby schools had to be evacuated as they were just letting out for the afternoon. One school bus in the neighborhood had to be evacuated as a safety precaution as the suspect barricaded himself inside the house.