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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

Suspect: 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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MY REFLECTION: Years ago, I watched Justin walk up to my clinic and my son, Chancellor, was just a baby, was outside with one of my assistants because he was crying. Justin was smiling, and he cradled my son, I was amazed. I was proud. Of Justin. Justin and I talked about the birds and how to spot them, what species, and long range rifle shooting, which we planned to meet at the rifle range one day to shoot. That day never came. I have the .410 lever action that was in one of Justin's raffles, I bought it off the top so I could have it for my son in Justin's rememberance. The hammer has bloodied my son's eye twice now, and every time we get that gun out I tell my boys about Game Warden Justin Hurst, "one of daddy's favorite patients" I remind my boys that they may very well be a game warden one day. Anytime I explain something about what is right and wrong n the country, I think "what would Justin say or do" . I really do, because I know that he was a straight shooter. Whenever I see a single black-bellied whistler, I can't help but think of old Justin, and his family. Well, I wish Justin was here, to help us all still, but his loss has made us all stronger, more loveable, and respectful of life, thanks to God, Jesus, our Savior. I am very proud when I tell folks, "yep, Justin is the first Game Warden Chancellor ever met". Heck, Chancellor was nothing but about a year old. Now he's seven about to be eight. As for me and my three sons, we won't forget Justin. May God continue to provide blessings to his family and friends.

Dr. Ross Wyatt Anderson DDS FAGD
May 20, 2014

 

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