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Texas Officer Struck, Killed By Fleeing SUV

June 17, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Texarkana PD.
Photo courtesy of Texarkana PD.
A Texarkana (Texas) Police officer died Saturday, a day after he was struck by a fleeing SUV driver at a city park.

Officer William Sprague, 30, had responded to a disturbance involving about 100 people at 12:30 a.m. Friday at Grady Wallace Park. The officer was being treated at Christus St. Michael Hospital.

Police arrested Justin Sanders, 21, on Friday and charged him with aggravated assault on a public servant. Police believe Sanders was driving the silver SUV that struck the officer. Bail was set at $1.5 million.

Officer Sprague had been a member of the Texarkana Texas Police Department since January of 2012. Previously, he worked for the Grant County (Ark.) Sheriff's Department and the Pine Bluff (Ark.) Police Department, according to the agency.

Officer Sprague leaves behind his wife, Stephanie, and 4-year-old son, Caden. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church Moores Lane.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Texarkana (Texas) PD, Officers Struck By Vehicles


Comments (3)

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TERRY F. ZECH @ 6/17/2013 12:53 PM

Okay how about murder of a police officer. Texas still has the death penalty, lets let this guy pay for his crimes.

Bob@Az. @ 6/17/2013 3:32 PM

Terry, right on. That SUV is considered a lethal weapon when used in that manner. Fry time. Blues, Stay Safe.

PD @ 6/17/2013 10:06 PM

RIP. Note that the suspect was charged prior to the Officer's death. He will now be upgraded and being one of the few free states left, this murderer will surely be put to death. Unfortunately, it does little to comfort the family and young son.

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