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Critical Incident

On April 8th, 2021 for unclear reasons, an employee of the Kent Moore Cabinet Company in Bryan, Texas opened fire with a handgun on his co-workers which resulted in the death of one individual and the serious injury of several others. Officers from multiple agencies, including Texas DPS, responded to the scene to provide assistance, but the suspect had escaped from the area prior to police arrival. Fairly quickly, a white male suspect in the shootings was identified and it was determined he resided in neighboring Grimes County.

Texas Highway Patrol Troopers, DPS CID Special Agents, Texas Rangers, DPS Aircraft, and our local partners began to move toward the community of Iola in Grimes County in an attempt to locate the suspect to prevent further harm to innocent civilians. Trooper Juan Tovar (THP Madisonville and B-2018 Academy graduate) heard the call and immediately responded from Madison County to Grimes County. Trooper Tovar intercepted the suspect near his residence and the suspect immediately opened fire on Trooper Tovar with a semi-automatic rifle. Trooper Tovar’s vehicle was struck thirteen times as he quickly attempted to reverse a long distance out of the area while returning fire on the suspect. Unfortunately, during the firefight, Trooper Tovar was struck in the left eye with a rifle round which had penetrated his patrol vehicle’s windshield. Other Troopers and local deputies immediately rendered aid and Trooper Tovar was ultimately airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Bryan in serious but stable condition. He was conscious and talking with family and co-workers at the hospital prior to being sedated to stabilize his wound and condition. The suspect was apprehended by fellow Troopers a short time later without additional incident. 

Trooper Tovar has a long recovery in front of him with lasting effects, but he is currently surrounded by his family, friends and his co-workers who came from far away to be by his side. Please keep Juan and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they begin to work through the healing process.

The Texas DPS Troopers Foundation is raising money for the family to help with any financial needs. DPSTF is a 501 (c) 3 so any funds donated are tax deductible. 


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April 9th, 2021 Austin, TX
Clay Taylor

Cause Details

Critical Incident

On April 8th, 2021 for unclear reasons, an employee of the Kent Moore Cabinet Company in Bryan, Texas opened fire...

On April 8th, 2021 for unclear reasons, an employee of the Kent Moore Cabinet Company in Bryan, Texas opened fire with a handgun on his co-workers which resulted in the death of one individual and the serious injury of several others. Officers from multiple agencies, including Texas DPS, responded to the scene to provide assistance, but the suspect had escaped from the area prior to police arrival. Fairly quickly, a white male suspect in the shootings was identified and it was determined he resided in neighboring Grimes County.

Texas Highway Patrol Troopers, DPS CID Special Agents, Texas Rangers, DPS Aircraft, and our local partners began to move toward the community of Iola in Grimes County in an attempt to locate the suspect to prevent further harm to innocent civilians. Trooper Juan Tovar (THP Madisonville and B-2018 Academy graduate) heard the call and immediately responded from Madison County to Grimes County. Trooper Tovar intercepted the suspect near his residence and the suspect immediately opened fire on Trooper Tovar with a semi-automatic rifle. Trooper Tovar’s vehicle was struck thirteen times as he quickly attempted to reverse a long distance out of the area while returning fire on the suspect. Unfortunately, during the firefight, Trooper Tovar was struck in the left eye with a rifle round which had penetrated his patrol vehicle’s windshield. Other Troopers and local deputies immediately rendered aid and Trooper Tovar was ultimately airlifted to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Bryan in serious but stable condition. He was conscious and talking with family and co-workers at the hospital prior to being sedated to stabilize his wound and condition. The suspect was apprehended by fellow Troopers a short time later without additional incident. 

Trooper Tovar has a long recovery in front of him with lasting effects, but he is currently surrounded by his family, friends and his co-workers who came from far away to be by his side. Please keep Juan and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they begin to work through the healing process.

The Texas DPS Troopers Foundation is raising money for the family to help with any financial needs. DPSTF is a 501 (c) 3 so any funds donated are tax deductible. 

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Javier Gallegos
Prayers
Johnny ODell
I could not do what they do. Then I have to ask myself why they do that? And then the answer is clear. They do it for others. They do it to keep us safe... What they do comes at a heavy price. I will pray for them.
Howard Athas
With Deep respect, wishing you well and a speedy recovery. Look forward to hearing about you up and running!
Doug @ Brenda Farber
Prayed for you by name, for continued healing and God’s blessings on you and your family.
Julisa Horst
Wish we could send more, sending all prayers to Trooper Tovar, his wife Rosa, and their son.
Dalila Lino
Praying for you and the family! Thank You for your service !
Javier Oseguera
God bless you and your family. Wish you a strong recovery Marine.
Matt Rueter
Prayers
Stephanie Rivas
Praying for you and your family!
Dennis Saunders Jr.
God bless our men and women blue! We got your back AMFD!!!
Mark Boenig
Praying for you and the family !!
John Davis
BCK Family supports the blue. <JD>
William Reichert
Prayers
Nick Foiles
Prayers for the family of the Trooper and all of his DPS Family, we’re Texas Strong and he will over come this in the name of Jesus!
Taylor Underwood
Thank you for your service Trooper Tovar. May God Bless you and give you a fast recovery
Paula Merrill
We are praying for your healing Juan & also your sweet family. Daily prayers for the safety of all the LE’s
Dale Chennault
Praying for complete healing !
ET Thomas
Prayers and Thanks for what you guys do!
Aaron Edwards
Prayers and god bless!
Thomas Mattern
Praying for you and your family. Thank you for your service and dedication. (Retired DPS)
Brett D'Alessandro
Semper Fi Brother! Honor serving alongside you in Afghanistan. Sending support to you from our nonprofit, Backpacks For Life
Felicia Ruiz
Praying for you and your family.
Anonymous
Praying for a full recovery!
Anonymous
Thank you for your brave service & prayers to you & your family.
Cathy Garcia
God Bless and praying for healing, peace, strength and total recovery.🙏🙏🙏
William Nessola
Semper Fi, brother.
Anonymous
So sorry this happened to you. Sending healing prayer your way. May God watch over you and yours...
Maggie Russell
Praying for Officer Tovar’s full recovery and his family
Anonymous
You are a hero and a true patriot. Thank you 🙏🏻
Mandi Gerik
Daddy is retired DPS, brothers are DPS.....please quit shooting my family!