A Connecticut state trooper was killed in a hunting accident in Texas over the weekend when he was struck by a bullet meant for a wild hog, authorities said.
Trooper Stephen Davis, of Hebron, was shot Saturday. Deputies from the sheriff’s office in Maverick County, Texas, responded to the Cinco Ranch just after 6:30 p.m. after receiving the report of an accidental shooting.
U.S. Border Patrol agents led deputies to Davis, who had been shot in the left side of his torso and was unresponsive in the brush, authorities said. Davis was pronounced dead at 7:22 p.m.
A man from Warren, Maine, told authorities he had shot at a wild hog and accidentally struck Davis, according to police.
Connecticut State Police issued a statement saying the family suffered a tremendous loss.
"The unexpected passing of TFC Davis is a loss for this agency," Dora Schriro, commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said in a statement. "TFC Davis swore to serve and protect the public and he did so as a true professional, earning the respect of his peers."
Davis, a 27-year veteran of the state police, most recently served at Troop C in Tolland. He entered the State Police Academy on April 4, 1988, and graduated with the 98th Training Troop on Sept. 2, 1988.
Davis served as a Tolland Resident Trooper, a DARE instructor and field training officer for new troopers. He was actively involved with the Troop C Explorer Post and earned a Medal for Lifesaving award.
"TFC Davis was truly passionate about being a Trooper and his attention to detail was superb. Stephen was a true professional and a well-respected member of this department," Troop C commanding officer Lt. Scott Smith said in a statement.
Cinco Ranch is about 20 miles west of Houston, Texas.