Texas Officer Dies Following Hit-and-Run Crash

Texarkana police officials say Officer William Sprague was intentionally struck by an SUV early Friday.


A Texarkana police officer died on Saturday as a result of injuries he suffered in a hit-and-run crash early Friday morning.

Officer William Jason Sprague was struck by a vehicle around 12:30 a.m. while en route to a call at Grady T. Wallace Park, according The Texarkana Gazette.

The 30-year-old officer was the first to respond to the reported disturbance involving approximately 100 people.

Officials say Sprague was attempting to make contact with an SUV leaving the scene when it intentionally struck him.

The SUV did not stop after hitting the officer and 21-year-old Justin Sanders was arrested later that day following an interview with detectives.

Sprague was transported to Christus St. Michael Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries Saturday morning.

The two-year veteran of the police department is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and their 4-year-old son.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Officer.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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