Texas sheriff’s deputy, 29, killed by drunk driver in traffic stop on final night of field training

Texas sheriff’s deputy, 29, is struck and killed by drunk driver during traffic stop on final night of field training with car’s impact so hard it knocked him under his own cruiser

A 29-year-old sheriff’s deputy and father-of-three was struck and killed by a drunk driver during his final traffic stop on the last day of his field training.

Lorenzo Bustos was struck by the vehicle at around 12.50am on Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle as he stood behind his patrol car on Highway 155 South in Noonday, Texas.

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office reported that the force of the car which hit Bustos knocked him under the patrol vehicle, where a second officer completing the traffic stop was sat in the passenger seat.

Bustos’ colleague got out of the cop car to try and help the sheriff’s deputy. After being taken to Tyler hospital, Bustos died from his injuries five hours later.  

Two people who were in the vehicle have been taken into custody.

The person driving the car was 21-year-old Daniel Nyabuto, from Grand Prairie, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office have said it will be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter.

Lorenzo Bustos (pictured), a 29-year-old sheriff’s deputy and father-of-three was struck and killed by a drunk driver during his final traffic stop on the last day of his field training

The person driving the car was 21-year-old Daniel Nyabuto (pictured), from Grand Prairie, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault. Smith County Sheriff's Office have said it will be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter

The person driving the car was 21-year-old Daniel Nyabuto (pictured), from Grand Prairie, was arrested and charged with intoxication assault. Smith County Sheriff’s Office have said it will be upgraded to intoxication manslaughter

Nyabuto was booked into Smith County before being moved to the Gregg County Jail with a bond set at $750,000. 

Bustos, who leaves behind a wife and three children aged four, five and eight, had served in Smith County Sheriff’s Office for six months, and was on his final shift of field training when he was killed.

His workplace confirmed he previously served a year each with the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office.

Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran ordered US and Texas flags to be lowered to half-mast in support of the fallen officer, with flags in downtown Tyler doing the same on Friday.

Judge Moran told KPTV: ‘I am deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of a Smith County Sheriff’s Deputy, who died while in the line of duty protecting our citizens.

Lorenzo Bustos was struck by the vehicle at around 12.50am on Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle as he stood behind his patrol car on Highway 155 South in Noonday, Texas. Pictured, Nyabuto being arrested

Lorenzo Bustos was struck by the vehicle at around 12.50am on Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle as he stood behind his patrol car on Highway 155 South in Noonday, Texas. Pictured, Nyabuto being arrested

The Smith County Sheriff's Office reported that the force of the car which hit Bustos knocked him under the patrol vehicle, where a second officer completing the traffic stop was sat in the passenger seat. Pictured, Nyabuto being arrested

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office reported that the force of the car which hit Bustos knocked him under the patrol vehicle, where a second officer completing the traffic stop was sat in the passenger seat. Pictured, Nyabuto being arrested

‘I cannot express how deep my sympathy is for the family, and for the law enforcement community who mourn his passing most deeply.

‘We issue fervent prayers of comfort during this time, and stand ready to do all possible for the family and for the sheriff’s office.’

The East Texas Peace Office Association added that Bustos was a ‘young deputy who had left us way too soon’.

The deputy’s wife and children have been assigned a lieutenant to support the family until Bustos’ funeral.

Bustos’ family is also set to receive a ‘substantial amount of money’ from Smith County Sheriff’s Office. 

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