State trooper, formerly stationed in Brownwood, killed in fiery crash

Thomas Nipper

TEMPLE, Texas - The Texas Department of Public Safety is mourning the loss of a state trooper who used to live in Brownwood.

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, was killed Saturday afternoon when his patrol car was hit by a pickup truck during a traffic stop on I-35 in Temple.

Nipper was pronounced dead at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center.

"Texas and our DPS family lost one of our finest," DPS Director Steven McCraw said. "Trooper Nipper was a hardworking and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state. His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten."

Nipper joined DPS in January of 1983. He is the 220th DPS officer to die in the line of duty. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

"Trooper Nipper was a dedicated member of Texas' law enforcement community, and like his fellow officers, I am saddened to learn of his tragic death. The men and women who make the commitment to keeping us safe are every day heroes, and we should always remember the risks and sacrifices they make to serve their fellow Texans. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in keeping Trooper Nipper, his family, and all those close to him in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant them peace and comfort during this difficult time."

- Governor Greg Abbott