The Dallas Police Department was in mourning after one of its personnel was injured and killed by a suspected drunk driver in the early morning.
Police say Officer Mitchell Benton was directing traffic around an accident on the highway when a man driving at high speed collided with his patrol car – prompting it to him.
Benton was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia tweeted on Saturday, as the department held a parade: “A tragic night for us. This is, a small sign of respect and admiration for a fallen brother and his family. Thanks to all Fire / EMS and Baylor Medical Center for your tireless efforts. Rest quietly, Hero. We will take it from here. “
The Dallas Police Association says Benton left behind a wife who was pregnant with her first child.
Police departments across the state – and beyond – have taken to social media to show respect to Officer Benton and make wishes for his family. The Texas divisions were deployed to Austin, Fort Worth, McKinney and Houston – as did the out-of-state departments in
Meanwhile, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson released a statement saying in part, “He died at a very young age, but the measure of life is not longevity, but what someone does with the time he has. And this officer has devoted his time to serving our great city in dangerous work. By his nature. We owe him forever and forever mourn this tragedy. I pray today for his family, friends and colleagues. I know that our city will provide them with love and support in our pursuit of justice. “
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement saying, “Our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the Dallas police officer who was killed in the line of duty this morning. This heavy loss is an official reminder of the dangers brave law enforcement officers face in serving and protecting our communities.” Cecilia and I asked our colleagues to Texas join us in raising the entire family of the officer and the Dallas Police Department in prayer during this difficult time. “