CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Corpus Christi Police Department officer was struck and killed by a vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday night.
Several officers were on scene at the traffic stop along State Highway 358 when a vehicle struck one of their patrol vehicles — injuring two of the officers.
One of those officers, recognized among others as a hero just last year for pulling a man from a burning vehicle, was pronounced deceased at an area hospital. Saturday morning, the department identified the officer as 46-year-old Alan McCollum.
"We mourn the loss of a great co-worker, friend, husband and father," read a statement from the department. "There are few words to express the pain in our loss not only to the Corpus Christi Police Department but to our community."
McCollum had served with Corpus Christi Police Department for seven years and was a highly-decorated, 21-year veteran of the United States Army, according to the department.
"Officer McCollum was awarded numerous decorations, medals, badges, citations, campaign ribbons; to include being a recipient of the Bronze Star," continued the statement from the department. "Officer McCollum was a valued member of our Honor Guard, our SWAT Team and earned a life saving award."
McCollum is survived by his wife and three children.
"Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer McCollum," concluded the department's statement.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the officers was detained, but had not been identified yet, KIIITV reported.
There is no word on charges, at the time of press.