FALLS COUNTY, TX — A Falls County Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy was killed and Riesel Chief of Police was seriously injured in a crash while they were helping another driver near the Falls County line.
Authorities say the crash happened on Highway 6 near County Road 109.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, K-9 Deputy Matt Jones and Riesel Chief of Police Danny Krumnow were assisting another vehicle when a Mazda hydroplaned and hit the two.
K-9 Deputy Jones was killed in the crash.
Chief Krumnow taken by medical helicopter to Baylor Scott and White in Waco for initial treatment. He was then taken to Baylor Scott and White in Temple, where he was taken into surgery to remove his spleen. Chief Krumnow is now out of surgery and in stable condition.
Chief Krumnow suffered a dislocated knee, 8 to 9 broken ribs, and a lacerated spleen. Chief Krumnow remains hospitalized and his recovery efforts are ongoing, said Sgt. Swanton of Waco PD on Sunday.
On Monday, Waco police gave an update on Chief Krumnow.
Medical staff has advised his family that he is looking at multiple surgeries.
"Danny must wait for some of those surgeries until he regains some strength," said Waco police.
Deputy Jones' K-9 partner, Thor, was not injured in the crash. He is now in the care of the Jones family.
The McLennan County Sheriff's Office is patrolling Falls County as the Falls County Sheriff's Office investigates.
Deputy Jones was born on Feb. 7, 1989 to Ronnie and Debbie Coleman Jones. He attended Connally High School and TSTC in Waco.
He later met his wife, Courtney, and they married on Oct. 31, 2015. Deputy Jones was with the Falls County Sheriff's Department for four years as a K9 deputy at the time of his death.
Planning continues today for the full honor services for Deputy Matt Jones, according to Sgt. Swanton, Waco PD.
The Waco Police Department's Peer Support team visited with Deputy Jones's wife on Sunday, who asked the department to pass along the following statement:
"She is so thankful for all the thoughts, and support that she has received. She wanted to thank everyone who has reached out to her and said she is very appreciative of what the community is doing."
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