Texas Officer And Child Killed In Vehicle Pursuit
A Patton Village (TX) officer and an 11-year-old, were killed Sunday night in a car crash during a vehicle pursuit in the Conroe area. Several other people were injured.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Patton Village Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner was sent to the Valero Corner store at SH 242 and US 59. It was reported that a man was urinating on the sidewalk and exposing himself to customers. As Sgt. Baumgartner arrived, police say Garrett William Nee, 29, attempted to run down the officer and a chase began.
ABC 13 reports that they were headed west on Highway 242 from US 59. At the intersection of FM 1485, Nee reportedly ran a light and kept going. Sgt. Baumgartner followed but was T-boned by a white 1998 Chevy Suburban.
Sgt. Baumgartner was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands with CPR in progress, but he was declared dead upon arrival. The 11-year-old inside the SUV was killed and multiple other people were transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Police say Nee returned to the scene of the accident.
Nee was transported to jail and later booked into the Montgomery County Jail on multiple charges, including murder and intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle.
Sgt. Baumgartner has a two-year-old daughter. His wife is a dispatcher.
This is the second time in a week that an officer in this area has been killed in a wreck while on duty. Just last Sunday, Pearland PD Officer Endy Ekpanya lost his life in an accident.