Portion of I-35 to be renamed for DPS Trooper killed in the line of duty (video)

A portion of I-35 in Hays County is being re-named for a DPS trooper killed in the line of Duty.  HB 250 was unanimously passed by the Senate on Thursday and amends the transportation code to name the portion of I-35 between River Ridge Parkway and FM 150 as the Trooper Randy Vetter Memorial Highway. 

According to an officer memorial page:

Trooper Randall Vetter died from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier  while conducting a traffic stop.
Trooper Vetter had stopped a  72-year-old driver for not wearing a seatbelt. While he was sitting in his  patrol car, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire with a rifle.  The  trooper was struck in the head. Trooper Vetter was able to return fire but did  not hit the suspect.
The suspect then used the patrol car's radio to say  he shot the officer and then attempted to flee the scene. An off duty officer  who was passing by, witnessed the shooting and alerted other officers. The  suspect was then taken into  custody after a brief standoff on the roadway. The  suspect was known to local officers for claiming he would shoot any officer who  tried to write him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt. The suspect was  convicted of murder and sentenced to life. He died in prison in 2008.
Trooper Vetter had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety for six  years. He is survived by his wife and eight-month-old son.

Here's the video of the incident.



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