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Friday, March 17, 2017


On this date, March 17, 2007, Game Warden Justin Hurst of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas, was killed in the line of duty. Let us honor this fallen policeman and thank God, that justice was served, as the Cop Killer, James Garrett Freeman was executed on January 27, 2016.

Game Warden Justin Hurst
(End of Watch: Saturday, March 17, 2007)

Game Warden
Justin Hurst
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch:
Saturday, March 17, 2007

Bio & Incident Details
Age: 34
Tour: 5 years
Badge # 1353
Cause: Gunfire
Incident Date: 3/16/2007
Weapon: Rifle
Offender: Executed in 2016

Warden Justin Hurst was shot and killed by a suspect in Wharton County following a high speed pursuit on US Route 90-A.

The suspect had fled after he was approached by another warden who suspected him of illegally hunting from the roadside. Warden Hurst was called as backup, and he and officers from other agencies pursued the man through two counties. The man then exchanged shots with the officers, mortally wounding Warden Hurst.

Warden Hurst was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours the following day, his 34th birthday.

The killer was shot and wounded by sheriff's deputies during the exchange. He was taken into custody, charged with murder, and subsequently sentenced to death. He was executed on January 27th, 2016.

Warden Hurst graduated from the academy to become a warden in August of 2002. He is survived by his wife, 4-month-old son, parents, and brother.

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