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Grayson County deputy killed in the line of duty

Deputy Chad Key Deputy Chad Key

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GRAYSON CO. -- Cell phone video shows the end of a high-speed chase on Highway 82 and Bethany Road east of Sherman Saturday night.

Officers can be heard yelling for the driver to surrender. Bonham police say Clinton Espy, 36, had to be tased before he was arrested.

Investigators say Grayson County deputy Chad Key was directing traffic away from the scene when he was struck by another pick-up truck.

He was rushed to Texoma Medical Center where he later died.

The driver was identified as Ricky Trent Stanley, 28, of Whitesboro. He's now facing murder, intoxication manslaughter causing the death of a police officer, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, driving while intoxicated, unlawfully carrying a weapon (gun in vehicle) and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions. Monday, a judge set Stanley's bond at $3.7 million.

Saturday's arrest is the fourth time since 2002 that Stanley has been arrested for DWI. Court records show he was convicted twice before.

His third DWI arrest was in August. A trial date for the charge has been set for July.

"We're going to come like a hook and bull at this kid because he has repeatedly been out on the road when he's been ordered not to," Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said. "He's not going to be on the streets, as far as I'm concerned until he's an old, old man, if at all." 

Deputy Key leaves behind a wife and three sons, Lance, Seth and Colt. He joined the Grayson County Sheriff's Office in 2009 as a corrections officer. The sheriff's office says he put himself through the night academy at Grayson College and was promoted to patrol deputy February 2, 2013.

Monday, deputies wore black bands around their badges to signify a department in mourning.

"It's going to be hard to get through," Lt. Rickey Wheeler said. "But right now, we're asking for prayers for Chad's family, his wife and his three sons."

Stanley and Espy are being held in the Fannin County jail.

After being tased, police say Espy continued to fight medical help and was eventually taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas for treatment.

A message left for Stanley's attorney Monday afternoon was not returned to KTEN.

A memorial fund has been set up for Deputy Key at Landmark Bank. Donations can be made to the "Chad Key Memorial Fund" at any bank branch in Texas or Oklahoma.

Key's funeral will be held Thursday, April 25 at 11am. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, 400 S. Travis St, Sherman.

Deputy Killed In Crash On Highway 82 Near Sherman
Apr. 21, 2013

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Deputies say one of their own is dead after being struck by a suspected drunk driver on Highway 82 while on duty on Saturday night.

Deputy Killed In Crash On Highway 82 Near Sherman

Chad Key died when a car hit him while he was directing traffic around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night at the intersection of Highway 82 and Bethany Road, east of Sherman, Sheriff's Office Lt. Rickey Wheeler said.

Key had been a patrol deputy since February and previously worked as a jailer at the Sheriff's Office since 2009, Wheeler said.

Wheeler released this statement:

"On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the citizens of Grayson County lost a man that took an oath to protect and serve the citizens. The Grayson County Sheriff's Office lost a friend and a law enforcement brother and the Key family lost a beloved family member. 

Deputy Chad Christian Key was killed in the line of duty Saturday night at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and Bethany Road east of Sherman, Texas.  Deputy Key was assisting other officers and directing traffic at 10:25 p.m. when a suspected drunk driver failed to stop and struck Deputy Key on Highway 82.  Deputy Key was rushed to Texoma Medical Center in Denison where he later died at 11:45 p.m. 

Deputy Key joined the Grayson County Sheriff's Office on November 16, 2009 as a Corrections Officer.  Deputy Key was motivated to become a patrol deputy and put himself through the night academy at Grayson County College.  He graduated from the North Texas Regional Police Academy in June of 2012 and was proud to carry the title of Deputy.  On February 2, 2013 Chad's dream came true and he was promoted to the Grayson County Enforcement Division as a Patrol Deputy. Deputy Key was in the phase two of his training; he had exceeded all expectations and was praised by his supervisors and fellow deputies.

The suspected drunk driver was arrested and blood was drawn for alcohol/drug analysis.  The Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and The Texas Rangers Sherman Division are conducting the investigation.

The suspected drunk driver has two previous convictions (2002 & 2004) for DWI; he was arrested again in August of 2012 for DWI Third or More and was out on a $10,000.00 bond with conditions.  The driver's information will be released later today.

Deputy Chad Key was a patrol deputy for 77 days before his death.  Chad leaves behind a wife and three sons, ages 20, 10 and two months old.

The family will be setting up a fund for the boys at a local bank on Monday.  We will make that information available when the account is opened.

Services are pending with Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas."