DPS Trooper Awarded Purple Heart After Being Shot During Ector County Traffic Stop 10/19/12
October 19, 2012
Austin - The Texas Public Safety Commission and DPS Director Steven McCraw have presented a Purple Heart to Trooper Max Honesto today after being shot during a traffic stop last year in Ector County.
Director McCraw said, "Trooper Honesto survived a roadside shooting and we are proud to have him back at work protecting the citizens of Texas."
Back in May of last year, Trooper Honesto was patrolling Interstate 20 when he pulled over a car for speeding.
He learned that the driver was recently released from prison and noticed the smell of marijuana from inside the vehicle.
When a passenger was asked to remove something from his shoe, he instead pulled a pistol from his pocket and pointed it at the trooper.
The two men exchanged gunfire; the suspect was struck in the leg and Honesto sustained a wound to his right shoulder.
As a result of the gunshot, Trooper Honesto sustained muscle and nerve damage to his right shoulder.
He has since returned to full active duty.