Texas police officer, a Navy veteran and father of 5, killed in the line of duty following crash with 18-wheeler

AUSTIN, TX – An Austin Police officer passed away as a result of sustained injuries that occurred during a crash with an 18-wheeler earlier in July while the officer was responding to an emergency call at the time.

Officer Lewis “Andy” Traylor was reportedly responding to an emergency call in Central East Austin during the early morning hours of July 28th when the collision occurred.

Officials say that the driver of the 18-wheeler was making a U-turn on FM 969 in front of Officer Traylor’s cruiser, which the officer’s cruiser collided with the trailer and became pinned underneath the vehicle.  

Police say that the driver of the 18-wheeler stayed on the scene of the accident and is cooperating with authorities while the incident is investigated. Officials have yet to determine whether charges will be filed against the driver as of this writing.

Sadly, a release from the Austin Police Association stated that Officer Traylor succumbed to his injuries on July 31st:

“It is with profound sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the news that fellow Austin Police Officer Andy Traylor has passed away.”

Former Austin Police Chief Brian Manley took to Twitter to express his condolences over the officer’s death:

“Praying for God’s comfort over Officer Traylor’s family and all of APD in this difficult time. Godspeed Andy!’

Officer Traylor had been with the Austin Police Department for 9 years, prior to his time with the department, he served in the Navy for 10 years. The fallen officer is survived by his wife and five children.

Back in June of 2018, the Austin Police Department highlighted Officer Traylor with one of their “Behind the Badge” posts.

In a post on Twitter, Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon lamented the loss of Officer Traylor while also noting that in his final acts as an officer, he was doing so to help and serve those in his community:

“Despite the tremendous efforts of [Austin Police], {Austin Fire Department], [Austin/Travis County EMS] and Dell Seton staff, Andy was unable to overcome his grievous injuries. He provided life to many others in need, with the donation of his organs.”

“Even in paying the ultimate sacrifice, Andy was committed to helping others in their time of need and his heroism will live on.”

President of the Austin Police Association, Ken Casaday, also shared condolences on Twitter, writing:

“I’m just devastated tonight. We lost one of the best officers I’ve worked with. Officer Lewis “Andy” Traylor passed away tonight. He is now walking with his Lord and Savior. Andy leaves behind his beautiful wife and 5 children under 13 years of age.  R.I.P my friend.”

A procession was reportedly held during the morning of August 1st as Officer Traylor’s body was transported to the medical examiner’s office.

The 100 Club of Central Texas is actively collecting donations for the family of the fallen officer, which donations can be made by visiting the link here. Austin Cops For Charities is also collecting donations for the family of Officer Traylor as well, which their site can be reached here.

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In other recent reports regarding officer’s killed in the line of duty, authorities in Alabama announced the arrest of an 18-year-old suspect accused of fatally shooting a Selma Police officer while they were at their home during a lunchbreak on their shift. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SELMA, AL – According to reports, a suspect has been arrested for the ambush killing of a Selma Police officer that happened earlier in July when the officer went to his apartment during a lunchbreak on the overnight shift he was working.

Prosecutors have charged 18-year-old Javonte Stubbs with capital murder and attempted murder regarding the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer and the wounding of Officer Moorer’s significant other that occurred during the early morning hours of July 27th.

Stubbs was reportedly taken into custody on July 28th at an apartment complex located in Tuscaloosa.

Officials haven’t shared many details regarding the arrest of Stubbs, but Mayor James Perkins Jr. did credit members of the public for coming forward with tips following the fatal shooting of the officer. The mayor added that as a result, an arrest was achieved within 24 hours:

“The state stepped up and did exactly what was supposed to be done. The consequence is that within 24 hours there was an arrest.”

Suspect arrested in ambush murder of Selma Police officer
Javonte Cornuis Stubbs – Chilton County Jail

A possible motive for the shooting has also not been cited, nor have officials stated what – if any – connection the victim had with the suspect arrested for his murder.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson did note that Subbs was at one point a star football player at Selma High School. Local news outlet Selma Sun reported back in February of 2021 that Stubbs was an “all-state performer” and inked an athletic scholarship for Peru State College.

Stubbs us currently at the Chilton County Jail and has a hearing scheduled for July 30th in Selma.

The identity of Officer Moorer’s significant other that was injured in the shooting has still not been released, nor have the specifics of the extent of her sustained injuries been expanded upon.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further details on this developing investigation.

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We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on Officer Moorer’s killing the day of the incident. Here’s the previous report affording more background on the case and circumstances of this young officer’s death.

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SELMA, AL – A 25-year-old Selma Police officer was fatally shot, and his significant other injured, at his apartment during the early morning hours of July 27th.

No suspects are in custody as of this writing, nor have officials speculated on a potential motive as the investigation is in the early stages.

Authorities say that sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m., 25-year-old Officer Marquis Moorer was on-duty when he stopped by his apartment at Selma Square Apartments for his lunch break.

An unidentified suspect reportedly approached Officer Moorer and opened fire, fatally shooting the officer, and also injuring a woman identified as the officer’s significant other who was inside of the apartment at the time of the incident.

The severity of the woman’s injuries is unclear as of this time, but she was reportedly transported to an area hospital.

Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson spoke highly of Officer Moorer, calling him an “outstanding officer” when commenting on the incident and investigation:

“He was an outstanding officer. He took his job very seriously.”

Though police don’t have a suspect in custody, DA Jackson confirmed that when apprehended, the suspect will be charged with capital murder and attempted murder.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shared a statement regarding Officer Moorer’s passing, highlighting the dangers officers face everyday for simply “putting on their uniforms”:

“Every day, officers routinely risk their lives simply by putting on their uniforms and performing their duties to protect their fellow citizens. We must honor them and never take for granted the sacrifices they make on our behalf. I ask you to join me in prayerful gratitude for Officer Moorer as we hold his loved ones in our hearts.”

Governor Kay Ivey took to Twitter to share her condolences as well, writing:

“I extend my prayers for the family of Officer Marquis Moorer. A memo to lower the flag will be distributed to honor this hero as soon as his funeral is announced.”

Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford stated during a press briefing regarding Officer Moorer’s death that holding press briefings such as these “are never easy” and is asking the community for their prayers during this difficult time:

“These interviews are never easy but it’s more difficult when it’s one of your own. The Selma Police Department is devastated and we’re asking the community for your prayers because it is time for it.”

Numerous agencies are working the investigation of the officer’s murder, including the State Bureau of Investigation, Selma police, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, ATF and the 4th Judicial Drug Task Force.

State Bureau of Investigation Director Chris Inabinett stated that the scene of the shooting is still an active crime scene, and that further details regarding the incident or possible motive are hard to expand upon due to how early it is in the investigative process:

“Right now we have a lot of our resources trying to get to the bottom of this. It’s too early to add anything to that.”

Selma Mayor James Perkins is urging the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding the shooting:

“If you hear something if you know something, call that number and say something. This and all the other crime taking place in our community is not going unintended.”

Central Alabama Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for any information that can aid investigators in tracking down the suspect behind Officer Moorer’s slaying. Anyone with information can call 855-75-Crime or 855-752-7463 with their tips.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight on this developing case.

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