Authorities are searching for a man accused of shooting a state trooper in the head Friday night in Texas.
Officials issued a alert Saturday for DeArthur Pinson Jr., 36, who they said should be “considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. “
The police officer, identified as Chad Walker, responded to “a motorist assistance” near Mexia, Texas, around 7:45 pm when he “came across a disabled vehicle parked on the shoulder of the road,” according to a publication by Facebook of the Texas Association of Officials of the Department of Public Safety.
Later, a man “got out of the driver’s seat of the disabled vehicle armed with a pistol and fired multiple rounds” at Walker through the patrol unit’s windshield after the officer pulled up behind his vehicle, according to the statement.
Walker was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen. The policeman remains “in a stable but critical condition,” according to the association.
The Texas Department of Public Safety told NBC affiliate KCEN-TV in Temple, Texas, that the Facebook page where Walker was identified is a private group. The agency has not issued an official statement.
Anyone with information on Pinson’s whereabouts should call 911.