TEMPLE, Texas A DPS trooper is dead Saturday after a vehicle struck him during a traffic stop.
Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was conducting a traffic stop on the south bound shoulder of Interstate 35 in Temple, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Saturday, when his patrol car was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup.
Trooper Nipper was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
In a statement, DPS director Steven McCraw said “It is with heavy heart that we must notify our fellow Texans that State Trooper Thomas Nipper died in the line of duty today. Today, Texas and our DPS family lost one of our finest. Trooper Nipper was a hard-working and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state. His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”
DPS reports that Nipper was commissioned as a trooper in January of 1983 and was stationed in Temple.
He is the 220th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.
Senior Trooper Nipper leaves behind a wife and three children.
A total of three cars were involved in the accident, including a Mazda.
The person driving the pickup was also hospitalized.
Temple police continue to investigate.