Urgent manhunt for ‘armed and dangerous gunman who shot Texas state trooper’

A MANHUNT is on for a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a Texas state trooper.

DeArthur Pinson Jr. allegedly shot Sgt. Ryan Howard several times on U.S Highway 84 near Mexia, is approximately 160 miles northwest of Houston.

According to Howard, who is recovering in hospital, the suspect fled into woodlands after shooting him, ABC 13 reports.

The 37-year-old Pinson should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached, police said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has issued a Blue Alert for Pinson.

He is described as a 6 feet tall Black man who weighs approximately 220 pounds.

Pinson was last seen wearing glasses, a black hoodie and shorts with a stripe down the side.

Blue Alerts are issued for people who have either killed or seriously injured a law enforcement officer.

Pinson is from Palestine in Anderson County and has a criminal history.

That includes a ten-year prison sentence for armed robbery in Houston County, according to a 2007 edition of the Palestine Herald.

He was also in the U.S. Army and was arrested by Palestine police in 2003 for military desertion, the newspaper reported.

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