Dallas officer killed by suspected drunk driver during funeral escort

Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens, 55, was doing a courtesy escort for a fallen LEO when he was struck and killed

Duty Death: Earl Jamie Givens - [Dallas, Texas]

End of Service: 07/21/2018


By PoliceOne Staff

DALLAS — A veteran Dallas police officer died after being struck by a suspected drunk driver while accompanying the funeral escort of another fallen LEO.

Dallas Chief U. Renee Hall said 55-year-old Sr. Cpl. Earl Jamie Givens was blocking an entrance ramp on a highway when he was hit Saturday morning, Fox News reported. The officer was stationary at the time and had his motorcycle lights on when he was struck “at a high speed rate” by an SUV.

Givens was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Hall said the SUV collided with a concrete divider. The 25-year-old driver, who hasn’t been identified, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Givens was doing a courtesy escort for fellow Dallas Officer Tyron Andrews, who died of cancer, and was headed to East Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. Givens, a 32-year veteran of the Dallas PD, had been with the motorcycle unit since 2012.

"Keep the Givens family in your prayers," Hall said. "Keep the Dallas Police Department in your prayers."

 

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