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MEXIA, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Texas state trooper was hospitalized Saturday in critical but stable condition after being shot near the city of Mexia, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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The suspect fled on foot and later killed himself, Limestone County Judge Richard Duncan said Saturday, according to the Mclennan County Sheriff’s Office.

Trooper Chad Walker was shot about 7:45 p.m. Friday while stopping to assist a motorist in an apparently disabled vehicle west of Mexia, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas, according to the statement from DPS regional director Todd Snyder.

Walker had not come to a stop behind the vehicle on the shoulder of the roadway when the gunman, identified as 37-year-old DeArthur Pinson, got out of the disabled vehicle and opened fire, Snyder said.

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DeArthur Pinson

Walker was struck in the head and abdomen and was later flown to a hospital in Waco, about 40 miles away.

Authorities issued a Blue Alert as they searched for Pinson. He was reported dead Saturday.

Officials did not immediately release further details.

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