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Texas DPS Trooper dies five months after being shot in line of duty

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Posted at 11:06 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-25 12:11:46-04

EDINBURG, TX — A state trooper has died nearly five months after being shot in the line of duty while investigating a crash scene in Edinburg.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Trooper Moises Sanchez died from head injuries he suffered when he was shot on April 6.

"Today is an extremely difficult day for Texas, as we have lost one of our finest, Trooper Moises Sanchez" said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Our DPS family is deeply saddened by his passing, and we’re asking for continued prayers and support for Trooper Sanchez’s wife and three children as well as his countless friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Trooper Sanchez responded to a crash at 8:45 p.m. on April 6. When he approached the scene of the two-vehicle crash in Edinburg, one of the drivers fled and later shot Trooper Sanchez.

The suspect was taken into custody and now faces charges of capital murder. Godinez, of Edinburg has been jailed since the weekend of the shooting.

Since the shooting, Trooper Sanchez and his family have received so much support from the public, law enforcement and the hospital, said the Texas Department of Public Safety.

According to Texas DPS, Trooper Sanchez was stationed in Palmview, Texas, and was 49 years old.