Author: Lt. Dan Marcou

By PoliceOne Staff

DECATUR, Texas — A Texas deputy inspector general was killed in a crash Wednesday.

Richard Hale, a 46-year old deputy inspector general for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department, was returning from a meeting and still on duty when the crash occurred, KXAS reported. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said Hale was driving a Chevrolet Impala when he crossed a center line and hit a tractor-trailer.

Hale had been with the TJJD since 2017. Prior to that, he served for the Decatur Police Department for nine years as an officer.

He leaves behind a wife and eight children, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Additional details about the crash and what led up to it were not immediately released.

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