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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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I used to work as a hunting guide in Wharton County and knew Justin that way. He was such an awesome person and game warden. When he would check us, he would always make us smile, share stories with us, and, if birds were coming, he would lie down in the spread with us so as not to disturb the hunt. I remember him as a person who was genuinely interested in others and did his job with a supreme level of dignity, honor, and respect. Warm blessings to family and friends as the spirit of such a fine human being continues to live on in our hearts.

Chris Lively
March 17, 2015


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