Connecticut trooper killed in Texas hunting incident

A Connecticut state trooper was shot and killed during a hunting trip in Texas, according to authorities.

Trooper 1st Class Stephen Davis, 50, of Hebron, died Saturday on the Cinco Ranch in Maverick County, Texas, according to the Connecticut State Police. He was assigned to Troop C in Tolland.

A hunter from Maine, who told authorities he was attempting to shoot a wild hog, fired the shot that killed Davis, the Maverick County sheriff's department said. No charges had been filed, but the sheriff is investigating the shooting.

"The unexpected passing of TFC Davis is a loss for this agency," Dora Schriro, the commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, said in a statement. "TFC Davis swore to serve and protect the public and he did so as a true professional, earning the respect of his peers."

In his 27-year career with the State Police, Davis served as a DARE Instructor and a field training officer for new troopers, was involved with the Troop C Explorer Post, and earned a medal for lifesaving, police said.

"Stephen was a true professional and a well-respected member of this department," Lt. Scott Smith, commanding officer of Troop C, said in a statement.

With the Associated Press

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