San Jacinto County, TX – San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) Deputy Bryan Pfluger died in the line of duty on Saturday night as he was responding to a report of a burglary in progress.
The incident began shortly before 6:45 p.m., when SJCSO deputies were dispatched to a burglary call on Hill Lane, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Deputy Pfluger, 36, was driving behind a second deputy who was also responding to the scene, when the other deputy decelerated to make a right-hand turn.
Deputy Pfluger swerved in an attempt to avoid hitting the deputy’s patrol vehicle, but still ended up clipping it.
His patrol vehicle then flipped multiple times, ejecting him and throwing him approximately 50 feet in the process, the Bluebonnet News reported.
He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, KTRK reported.
Deputy Pfluger was rushed to CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Hospital in Livingston, where he died of his injuries, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The second deputy was injured in the collision, but is expected to make a full recovery, the Bluebonnet News reported.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the ongoing investigation into the deadly crash, according to KTRK.
The son of a retired Texas State trooper, Deputy Pfluger joined the SJCSO approximately four years ago, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told the Bluebonnet News.
In March of 2018, he was received a letter of commendation after he selflessly purchased firewood for an elderly woman one frigid night the month before.
“Upon his arrival he found a senior citizen with no way to keep warm for the night,” Sheriff Capers wrote in the letter. “Deputy Pfluger on his own accord then drove to a convenience store and purchased wood for her wood heater with money out of his own pocket.”
“This action by Deputy Pfluger shows his true nature and compassion for the people here in San Jacinto County and his commitment to…his chosen career path,” the letter read. “Bryan has held his standards to the highest degree in which Sheriff Greg Capers could ever ask of anyone underneath his command.”
Deputy Pfluger leaves behind a wife and a new baby, the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas said in a Facebook post on Sunday morning.
“We send our prayers to his family, friends and the community he served,” the post read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bryan Pfluger, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.