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Texas congressman killed in fatal crash by suspected drunk driver: police


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Texas authorities are investigating a fatal crash Saturday night that resulted in the on-duty death of a sheriff’s deputy, officials said.

The incident may have been caused by a drunk driver, Capt. McConnell of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crime Division said, FOX 26 of Houston reported.

“My heart aches,” McConnell said. “I’m just asking you to pray for this constable’s family and friends.”

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“Tonight we have a hero who died,” he added. “Every agency here has a DWI unit, and we fight people like that to get them off the streets.”

McConnell said the unidentified constable recently left a call when she was dispatched to search for a suspected drunk driver.

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After receiving the call, the officer pulled over to the side of the freeway, when the alleged driver she was looking for wrecked his F-550 truck in the officer’s vehicle, McConnell said. The constable’s vehicle immediately caught fire, according to the report.

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The driver was suspected of being intoxicated and a witness, who called the suspected driver, stopped him from fleeing the scene, McConnell said.

An investigation is underway to determine the driver’s level of intoxication.

The deputy’s death comes just days after an off-duty deputy was killed by three suspects while out shopping with his family.

Joshua Stewart, Fredarius Clark and Frederick Tardy have been arrested in connection with the death of Texas Congressman Darren Almendarez. All three face capital murder charges.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.



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