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Bell County deputy critically injured in crash

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Posted: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:32 am, Tue Dec 3, 2013.

BELTON — Bell County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Davis remained in critical condition Monday evening following a Sunday night one-vehicle collision.

At the time of the crash, Davis, 36, was responding to what Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange described as a “man-with-a-gun call.”

Argument reported

At about 9 p.m. dispatchers received a call about an argument at the intersection of Farm-to-Market 1237 and Old Texas 81 on the outskirts of Troy, said Lt. Donnie Adams, spokesman for the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

“The caller said that two people were arguing and one of them looked to be waving a gun around,” Adams said. When the call went out, Davis told dispatchers he was the closest unit available. Adams said.

Although Davis didn’t tell dispatchers exactly where he was, investigators on the scene were able to determine that he was coming from the direction of State Highway 317.

Since Davis’ cruiser didn’t have a dash cam or an event data recorder, collision investigators are still working out the “crash math” to determine how fast Davis was going when he blew through the Asa Road intersection and headed into the dogleg.

“The road turns a full 90 degrees to the left,” Adams said. “As a former highway patrol sergeant, I’d say that’s a dangerous turn.”

Adams said the first report of the crash came in about 9:15 p.m.

Nurse administers first aid

The first people to arrive on the crash scene were a husband and wife Davis passed on FM 1237.

One of them was a nurse and immediately began administering first aid. Davis was taken by air ambulance to Scott & White hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit.

Over the next 12 hours, doctors worked to stabilize him and tried to determine the extent of his injuries.

“All we can say is that he does have a head wound,” Lange said. “It’s not a good situation, but we are hopeful.”

Adams characterized Davis as “a gifted mechanic.”

“Anytime the other deputies had a knock, rattle or a light come on, they went to see him,” Adams said.

Davis worked for the sheriff’s office as a reserve deputy since 2007 and as a part-time deputy this summer. He had been with the sheriff’s office full time only since August.

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