The men and women of the Texas Highway Patrol work alone, often at night, on remote stretches of highway.
They drive distinctive black and white cruisers and SUV’s with bright gold emblems in the shape of Texas on the side doors.
If a traffic stop turns bad, help might be a hundred miles away.
For example in 2021 Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chad Walker was killed in an ambush.
Walker stopped to help a driver in a disabled vehicle.
The driver jumped out of the car armed with a handgun and unloaded rounds into the windshield of the Trooper’s vehicle striking Walker in the head and abdomen.
The 38-year old trooper was survived by his wife and four children.
The suspect fled and later killed himself when surrounded.
These are the dangers faced by Texas Troopers.
In this episode of True Crime Reporter Extra, we feature real stories of the Texas Highway Patrol from retired Senior Trooper Johnny Williams, a Vietnam Veteran of Paris, Texas.
By the way, people travel from miles around to see the Paris, Texas version of the Eiffel Tower.