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Texas police officer dies from injuries sustained in Sunday's tornado attack

CONROE, Texas – A Conroe, Texas, police lieutenant died Friday from serious injuries he sustained when his home was struck by a tornado during last Sunday's severe weather outbreak, Conroe police said Friday.

Lt. James “Jimmy” Waller was with his wife at their Trinity County home Sunday evening when an EF-1 tornado came through their neighborhood and destroyed their home.

TORNADO IN TRINITY, TEXAS CAUSES INJURIES AND DESTROYS HOME

Damage left behind after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Trinity, Texas on April 28, 2024.
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Damage left behind after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Trinity, Texas on April 28, 2024.
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Damage left behind after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Trinity, Texas on April 28, 2024.
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Damage left behind after an EF-1 tornado ripped through Trinity, Texas on April 28, 2024.
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Both Waller and his wife were seriously injured and taken to a local hospital. According to the department, Waller underwent multiple surgeries throughout the week, but doctors determined his injuries were too severe to survive.

Waller's family was at his side when he died, officials said. He was a 22-year veteran of the department.

The National Weather Service said the tornado was on the ground for only about a minute and spread for just over a quarter mile along the Rock Creek subdivision.

A storm research team estimated peak wind speeds at about 100 miles per hour.

Anna Harden

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