One Officer Killed, One Officer Seriously Injured When a Vehicle Crashed Through Barricades at Katy Freeway Service Road at Hwy 6

June 30, 2008 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a fatal traffic accident which fatally injured one Houston police officer and seriously injured a second at the intersection of the Katy Freeway (Interstate 10 West) service road and State Highway 6 about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday (June 29).

The suspect, Hung Dasian Truong (A/m, DOB: 10/15/83) is charged with manslaughter in the 339th State District Court. He is accused in the death of Houston Police Officer Gary A. Gryder. Officer Gryder was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital with serious injuries where he was later pronounced dead.

Officer Gary A. Gryder was sworn in as an officer in May of 1985 as a member of HPD Academy Class #126. He was assigned to the Southeast Division’s Parole Offender Unit at the time of the incident. Officer Fred Joe Pyland, sworn in in December 1980, suffered a broken leg and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital. Officer Pyland is assigned to the Neighborhood Protection Corps. Officer Milton W. Sallee, sworn in in November of 1990, was not injured. Officer Sallee is assigned to the Traffic Division.

HPD Mobility Incident Management Division Sergeant A.C. Francois and Officers D. Eartons, R. Saenz and F. Lassalle reported:

Officers Gryder, Pyland and Sallee were working the Katy Freeway Project overtime program at the intersection of the Katy Freeway service road and State Highway 6, where they had barricades blocking all the eastbound traffic on the south service road. According to witnesses, Truong was driving a white Toyota Camry, traveling eastbound on the service road at a high rate of speed when it crashed through the barricades. As the officers were standing near a patrol car, Officer Sallee managed to jump out of the path of the vehicle but Officers Gryder and Pyland had no time to react and were struck by Truong’s vehicle.

The investigation is continuing.

Inc #094940108

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