Texas DPS trooper dies in line of duty crash

AUSTIN - A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died Saturday afternoon after being hit on a highway shoulder.

Officials say Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was conducting a traffic stop on I-35 when a truck hit his parked patrol car from behind, causing it to hit him.

Nipper was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

According to a news release, the 34-year veteran with DPS is the 220th officer to have died in the line of duty since 1823. Nipper is survived by his wife and three children.

"Trooper Nipper was a hard-working and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state," DPS Director Steven McCraw said. "His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten."

The crash is currently under investigation.

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