Texas State Trooper Moises Sanchez is still fighting for his life after being shot last Saturday night while approaching a driver who police say fled a crash near the U.S. – Mexico Border.
Sheriff Eddie Guerra from Hidalgo County shared the news on Twitter last weekend. He said the Trooper Sanchez was responding to a report of a vehicle crash around 8:45 p.m. Saturday when the driver took off on foot.
Sanchez was shot after finding the suspect.
“Trooper Sanchez arrived at the hospital in extremely critical condition on Saturday night. The Neuro ICU doctors, surgeons, nurses and staff went to work immediately to address a gunshot wound to his shoulder and head,” said Guerra.
According to the Monitor, a McAllen-based newspaper, the state trooper was shot twice.
The wounded deputy was taken to a hospital in Edinburg, a city with a population of around 87,000 in Hidalgo County, situated near the U.S. border with Mexico.
He continues to fight for his life.
“Since being admitted to the hospital, he has remained medically sedated and numerous procedures have been performed to help address his injuries. He has been stabilized and remains in critical condition. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers for continued progress of his condition.”
Trooper Sanchez was a United States Marine and has a wife and three children according to reports.
According to Law Enforcement Today, the suspect is identified as Victor Alejandro Godinez. He was taken into custody early Sunday in the Edinburg area. Bystanders say tactical units and a SWAT team spent the night canvassing the area.
Law Enforcement Today is asking for your prayers and posted this message:
A Police Officer’s Prayer: (Author Unknown)
Oh Almighty God,
Whose Great Power and Eternal Wisdom Embraces the Universe,
Watch Over All Policemen and Law Enforcement Officers.
Protect Them from Harm in the Performance of Their Duty to Stop Crime, Robberies, Riots, and Violence.
Help Them Keep Our Streets and Homes Safe Day and Night.
We Recommend Them to Your Loving Care Because Their Duty is Dangerous.
Grant Them Your Unending Strength and Courage in Their Daily Assignments.
Protect These Brave Men and Women,
Grant Them Your Almighty Protection,
Unite Them Safely with Their Families After Duty Has Ended.