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Officer Down: Officer Gary Gryder

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June 29, 2008

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Officer Down: Officer Gary Gryder

Officer Down: Officer Gary Gryder - [Houston, Texas]

Age: Not available

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault

Vehicular assault

Officer Gary Gryder was struck and killed by a drunk driver while directing traffic at a construction site on the Katy Freeway. The drunk driver drove through a barricade and struck Officer Gryder and another officer without braking.

The vehicle continued until striking a brick wall, where the driver was taken into custody.

Officer Gryder had served with the Houston Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife and son.


Houston officer killed by speeding car

By Mike Glenn
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — A Houston police officer was killed and a second remains hospitalized in critical condition this morning after they were struck by a speeding motorist in west Houston, authorities said.

Officers Gary Gryder and Joe Pyland were hit shortly after 5 a.m. when the driver of a Toyota sedan crashed through the traffic barriers on the Katy Freeway at Highway 6, police said.

Both officers were taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital where Gryder was pronounced dead, officials said.

Another officer with Gryder and Pyland managed to jump out of the way at the last moment, police said.

The sedan eventually came to rest against the overpass wall along the Katy Freeway''s eastbound feeder road.

The driver of the Toyota, a man in his early to mid-20s, was taken into custody. He appeared to be intoxicated and a blood sample will be taken, officials said.

He could face a charge of intoxication manslaughter, police said.

Copyright 2008 The Houston Chronicle

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