TPD Investigates Death of Bell County Deputy
TEMPLE, TX (April 28, 2020) – The Temple Police Department is the lead investigative agency in the April 26 death of Bell County Sheriff's Deputy John Rhoden.
Initially, Temple PD was only going to assist in the investigation, but since TPD worked the accident scene, it was later determined it would be best for TPD to complete the investigation. Belton PD was on scene to assist as well. The Texas Rangers will be assisting throughout the investigation.
On April 26 at about 1:40 a.m., TPD was notified that officers from the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Bell County Sheriff's Department and Texas Department of Public Safety were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that had entered Temple on northbound Interstate 35.
During the pursuit, Deputy Rhoden was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler while attempting to deploy spike strips near exit 294B.
The suspect vehicle in the pursuit was located in Waco by the Waco Police Department. The vehicle had been abandoned and no suspect was located.
This accident is still under investigation. Additional information will be released as it is available.
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