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

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: Sentenced to death

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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 back-up, and he and officers from other agencies pursued the suspect through two counties. The suspect 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.

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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Soon your killer will face execution...none too soon. My father was a Texas Game Warden and I always feared that this would happen to him. Both of you are gone now, but both of you are in my prayers

A Texas Game Wardens Son
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November 17, 2015


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