Trooper Moises Sanchez, 49, was struck around April 6 in Edinburg, in Hidalgo County, officials said. He had approached a two-vehicle collision to investigate around 8:45 p.m. when a driver of one of the vehicles, identified as Victor Alejandro Godinez, fled the scene and allegedly shot Sanchez.
Sanchez, who was stationed in Palmview, “demonstrated great strength and bravery as a Texas trooper,” according to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw. “We will honor his selfless service and sacrifice forever.”
The trooper’s rehabilitation was detailed in Facebook posts by the state’s Department of Public Safety. In June, he was transported to a rehab center in Houston. Officials wrote at the time that Sanchez was stable “and not being supported by any artificial or mechanical means other than a feeding tube to his stomach, [but] he does not respond to commands.”
“He cannot sit or stand unassisted,” officials continued. “He has been able to take some steps with the assistance of the mechanical exoskeleton.”
The director said Sanchez leaves behind a wife and three children.