Game Warden Justin Phillip Hurst

Game Warden Justin Phillip Hurst

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Law Enforcement Division, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 2007

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Justin Phillip Hurst

Game Warden Justin Hurst was shot and killed by a subject in Wharton County following a high speed pursuit on U.S. Route 90 ALT.

The subject had fled after he was approached by another game 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 man through two counties. The man then exchanged shots with the officers at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 ALT and County Road 252 in Wharton County.

Warden Hurst suffered several gunshot wounds in the shootout. He was flown to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the early morning hours the following day, his 34th birthday.

The subject was shot and wounded by deputies during the exchange. He was taken into custody, convicted of capital murder, and subsequently sentenced to death. He was executed on January 27th, 2016.

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.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 1353

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, March 16, 2007
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Executed in 2016

poacher, vehicle pursuit

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Working in incident command and logistics during major emergencies in Wharton County, I had the privilege of having Justin on our rescue team. First to volunteer and last to stand down, and not many words in between, Justin was a true hero and savior, we should all use his life as an example to live our one!

Harry Priesmeyer EMC
Wharton County/City Emergency Management

March 18, 2021

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