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Texarkana, Texas officer dies from hit and run injuries

Texarkana, Texas officer dies from hit and run injuries

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An officer with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department has died as a result of injuries sustained when he was hit by an SUV while on the scene of a disturbance call.

The incident happened at Grady T. Wallace Park in Texarkana, Texas early Friday morning, following a disturbance involving more than 100 people.

Authorities say Officer Jason Sprague, 30, was the first officer on the scene.

As Officer Sprague exited his vehicle and was attempting to make contact with one of the vehicles leaving the scene, he was struck by an SUV.

On Friday, authorities arrested 21 year-old Justin Sanders of Texarkana, Texas.

Sanders was arrested at the Bi-State Justice Center. Bond for Sanders is set at $1.5 million.

Officer Sprague had been employed with the Texarkana, Texas Police  Department since January of 2012.  

He was born in Idabel, Oklahoma in 1982.   

Prior to coming to Texarkana, he worked for Grant County Arkansas Sheriff's Department 1 ½ years and for the Pine Bluff Arkansas Police Department for almost 4 years.  

Officer Sprague is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and 4 year old son, Caden, as well as his mother and step-father, Marsa and Mike Green, father, Chipper Sprague, in-laws, Mike and Karen Anderson, two brothers and two sisters.    

This is the fourth in the line of duty death for the Texarkana, Texas Police Department.

The list includes:   William T. Flint in 1877, J.R. Walraven in 1929, and Norris Cooley in 1988.   The Department asks that you please be in prayer for the Sprague family during this time of loss.

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