Texas officials say a police chief was crushed to death by a tree while doing yard work


A Texas city is without a police chief after he was crushed to death by a tree while doing yard work, officials told media.

The police chief was Doug Dietrich of the LaPorte Police Department Found dead in Milam on Jan. 21, by deputies with the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office, the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Deputies said he died due to a “tree felling accident.”

LaPorte Police Chief Doug Dietrich.

LaPorte Police Chief Doug Dietrich.

Dietrich worked for the LaPorte Police Department Chief of Police for less than one yearAfter he was sworn in on May 23, according to police.

La Porte is located about 25 miles east of downtown Houston.

“city The city of LaPorte, Texas is deeply saddened “To share the passing of our police chief,” the department said in a Jan. 22 news release. “Chief Dietrich’s family has been notified, and the city respects their need for privacy at this time.”

Dietrich, 50, was clearing land on a property he owns in Milam, near the Texas-Louisiana border. When a tree fell on himOfficials told KFDM.

Authorities say he was He was pronounced dead at the sceneKJAS reported.

“The incident was not related to any investigation or law enforcement duties and there was no criminal activity involved,” police said, adding that the department’s assistant chiefs of police would assume Dietrich’s responsibilities “until further notice.”

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