OFFICER DOWN…HOUSTON TX http://www.privateofficer.com
HOUSTON TEXAS JUNE 30 2008
Police Officer Gary Gryder
Houston Police Department Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, June 29, 2008
Biographical InfoAge: Not available
Tour of Duty: 23 years
Incident DetailsCause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 29, 2008
Weapon Used: Automobile; Alcohol involved
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Gary Gryder was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at a construction site on the Katy Freeway.
The drunk driver drove through a barricade and struck Officer Gryder and another officer without braking.The vehicle continued until striking a brick wall, where the driver was taken into custody.Officer Gryder had served with the Houston Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and son.
Agency Contact Information Houston Police Department 1200 Travis StreetHouston, TX 77002Phone: (713) 308-3200
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A car slammed into two police officers working traffic control at a construction site early Sunday, killing one and seriously injuring the other, authorities said.
The car crashed through barricades, plowed into two of the three officers at the construction site on the Katy Freeway and tore the driver’s side door off a patrol car, police said.
“There did not appear to be any braking on the part of the driver,” Capt. Bruce Williams said.
The driver was arrested but there were no immediate charges.
Police said the driver’s demeanor at the scene led them to believe he was intoxicated. At one point, they said, he was laughing at the officers.
Officers Gary Gryder was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Officer Joe Pyland was listed in critical condition. The third officer jumped out of the way and wasn’t harmed.
The Houston Police Officer’s Union Web site said Gryder was a 25-year veteran of the force and was married with one son.
Pyland is a 1980 graduate of the Houston police academy.
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