PERMIAN BASIN, Texas (Nexstar) – The West Texas skies lit up blue and red Thursday afternoon as agencies honored a fallen officer.
Police Departments and Sheriff’s offices across the state gathered at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, to pay their respects to fallen trooper Chad Walker.
Trooper Walker died Wednesday after being taken off life support.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of Trooper Walker as they grieve his tragic death in the line of duty,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement. “Trooper Walker’s horrific murder is a solemn reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day to keep our communities safe. We will always support law enforcement here in Texas, and we are indebted to the sacrifices that they make to serve and protect their fellow Texans.”
The Governor put out a request to law enforcement to activate their lights for 1 minute at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Law enforcement in West Texas answered that call.