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Sergeant William John Kuhnle, Jr. | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

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William John Kuhnle, Jr.

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, May 21, 1989

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 11 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 10 years

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Sergeant Kuhnle and Trooper Ralph Zerda were killed when a drunk truck driver crashed his tractor trailer into their parked patrol car. The officers were parked on the shoulder after stopping another drunk driver.

The drunk driver was sentenced to two concurrent 10 year sentences in prison, but was released after serving only 4 years.

Sergeant Kuhnle had served with the agency for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Trooper Ralph George Zerda
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
End of Watch: Sunday, May 21, 1989
Cause: Vehicular assault

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Rest in Peace Trooper Sergeant William John Kuhnle Jr.. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family and for the men and women that serve The Texas Department of Public Safety . I also Pray that the hounds of hell are gnawing on the bones of your murderer as his soul is being burned up in the lake of fire!

Amen

Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
May 21, 2016

 

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