BRYAN, TX — On April 9, the Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the identity of the Trooper shot during yesterday's mass shooting in Bryan.
DPS Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar has reportedly received medical treatment, including surgery, after allegedly being shot while responding at the scene.
"Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar of the Madisonville @TXHwyPatrol Office remains in stable condition @StJoseph_Health in Bryan. We remain hopeful his condition will improve & appreciate the many kind thoughts and prayers. " Texas DPS tweeted.
Trooper Tovar remains in serious but stable condition @StJoseph_Health. He is currently receiving outstanding care, surrounded by his family and friends while his fellow troopers hold watch. pic.twitter.com/19QrGw7KSV— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) April 9, 2021
On April 8, around 2:30 p.m., officers were called out to a reported shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets in the area of 350 Stone City Drive.
Around 3:30 p.m. on FM 39 in Iola, multiple law enforcement agencies were attempting to take the suspect into custody when the suspect allegedly shot DPS Trooper Tovar.
Since then, the Texas Governor has issued the following statement:
"I have been working closely with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers as they assist local law enforcement on a swift response to this criminal act. Their efforts led to the arrest of the shooting suspect. The state will assist in any way needed to help prosecute the suspect. Cecilia and I are praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect.”
At the time of the shooting, DPS Trooper Tovar had served as a full-time peace officer for 3 years and 10 months. According to his personal status report, Trooper Tovar first graduated from the academy back in 2017.
If you are interested in making a donation, the Texas DPS Troopers Foundation is raising money to assist the Tovar family during this time.
To donate, simply click here.
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