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State officials investigate trooper's injuries

By Elena Watts
April 19, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.


A state trooper is in critical condition after an incident in Cuero, prompting an investigation by the Texas Rangers, the state's top law enforcement agency.

Several public officials - including DeWitt County District Attorney Michael Sheppard - confirmed an ongoing investigation by state authorities, but all declined on Saturday to discuss the details.

Trooper Elizabeth Tolbert remained in the intensive care unit at San Antonio Military Medical Center, a hospital employee confirmed. Tolbert's injuries were not available.

Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis said erroneous information was circulating about how the incident occurred but that nothing indicated an intentional act. He did not elaborate.

DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky said the incident occurred on private property in Cuero but declined to specify where or how the injuries occurred.

Trooper Gerald Bryant, a spokesman for the department, said, "Just no comment."

Zavesky and Lewis said their respective agencies did not receive an emergency call regarding the incident.

Attempts to reach a spokesperson for the Texas Rangers were unsuccessful.

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