RIESEL, Texas — A Falls County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed and the Reisel, Texas, police chief critically injured after they were struck by a vehicle while assisting a motorist in Central Texas on Friday afternoon.
The crash occurred around 2 p.m. on State Highway 6, just south of Reisel and north of Marlin, Texas — which is located east of Waco near the Falls-McLennan County line.
According to preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Mazda passenger car hydroplaned and struck Falls County Deputy Matt Jones and Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow while they were assisting another motorist on State Highway 6.
Jones was pronounced deceased at the scene, Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman confirmed in a statement on Friday evening. He was a K-9 deputy who had been with the department for four years.
"Mere words cannot express the loss we feel in our hearts," stated Scaman. "We have lost a brother, a friend, a husband, and a servant of our community. And with that, we mourn..."
Jones' K9, THOR, was not injured during the incident.
Krumnow was airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the Mazda was also transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.
According to DPS, the roadway was wet at the time of the crash.
STATEMENT FROM FALLS COUNTY SHERIFF RICKY SCAMAN:
"Earlier this afternoon, my K-9 Deputy... Deputy Matt Jones was assisting a motorist on Hwy 6 along with the Riesel Chief of Police, Danny Krumnow. As these officers do daily, they were serving our community and protecting the lives and property of citizens they may not have even known.
During the assist, a vehicle hydroplaned due to the wet road conditions and struck the officers. My K-9 Deputy Matt Jones, who has been with our office for 4 years was struck and killed in the collision. Chief Krumnow was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Deputy Jones K-9 partner, THOR was not injured during the incident. THOR is now in the care of the Jones family.
Tragedy came to our county today and has taken the life of one of our brothers, K-9 Deputy Matt Jones. Mere words cannot express the loss we feel in our hearts. We have lost a brother, a friend, a husband, and a servant of our community. And with that, we mourn...
In addition, we send our thoughts and prayers to Chief Krumnow as he begins his healing process.
We thank our Law Enforcement community for their rapid response to assist us and the investigation into what happened is on-going. I will divert any questions about that investigation to the Texas Department of Public Safety. We will have additional information available at a later time about services for our friend and brother, Deputy Matt Jones.
I ask that our community keep Deputy Jones, his family and friends, Chief Krumnow and others involved in the crash in your prayers.
Deputy Jones's family has asked for NO MEDIA CONTACT at this time. I ask you to respect their wishes and allow them time to grieve.
Sheriff Ricky Scaman"