The Texas Department of Public Safety today will name its newest patrol vessel after a Brownsville trooper killed in the line of duty.
The vessel will be named in honor of DPS Trooper David Irvine Rucker, who was killed in September 1981 while on patrol in Cameron County, officials said.
The commissioning of the patrol boat will be held at the DPS headquarters in Austin. Officials said the vessel would be used to patrol the Rio Grande.
Rucker’s family will give the first orders for the boat.
Rucker was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Highway 100 between Laguna Vista and Los Fresnos.
A passerby found Rucker’s body on the road, according to reports from the time. He was still holding the identification of a man named Leonel Herrera who later was arrested for the murder.
Herrera, minutes after shooting Rucker, shot and wounded Los Fresnos police officer Enrique Carrisalez, also during a traffic stop.
Carrisalez lived for 16 days after the shooting. Rucker died immediately.
Herrera was convicted of both murders and was executed in 1993.
The Carrizalez-Rucker Detention Center near Olmito is named for the two officers. (The name of the Los Fresnos officer is spelled Carrisalez in court documents and news reports, but Carrizalez in the name of the jail.)
Also, there is a Rucker Street at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island, also in honor of the trooper.
In March 1997, a memorial was erected at the location where Rucker was gunned down. It stands two feet from a wooden cross his family placed in his memory.
Rucker was employed with the DPS nearly