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Trooper David Irvine Rucker | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas


David Irvine Rucker

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 29, 1981

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1993

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Trooper David Rucker was shot and killed while making a traffic stop.

Shortly after he was murdered, Patrolman Enrique Carrisalez stopped the same man, not knowing he had just shot and killed Trooper Rucker, and was shot and killed himself as he exited his patrol car. A doctor found Trooper Rucker's body laid out in the traffic lane holding the identification of the man wanted in connection with both murders. Trooper Rucker had never radioed in the stop.

The suspect was eventually arrested and was executed in 1993. During a search of the suspect's home officers recovered the stolen duty weapon of Hidalgo County Constable Ricky Lewis, murdered in 1979. The suspect was never charged with Constable Lewis' murder, which remains unsolved.

Trooper Rucker had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Related Line of Duty Deaths

Deputy Constable Ricky Steven Lewis
Hidalgo County Constable's Office - Precinct 3, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, February 17, 1979
Cause: Gunfire

Patrolman Enrique L. Carrisalez
Los Fresnos Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 7, 1981
Cause: Gunfire

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Trooper Rucker: I just saw the news report on KRGV 5 about your life and that of the other victim, Police Officer Carrizales. I am not in law enforcement but I have extreme respect for those who serve and protect. You are a hero to many. May you be in complete joy now standing with God, our Father. May God bless your family. I am a private citizen who does and will honor you for your commitment and sacrifice. Rest in peace.

Ruben O'Bell
Texas House of Representatives
September 3, 2015


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