Area game wardens stage hunt for those affected by deadly accident

Falls County Deputy Matt Jones (right) died and Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow was seriously injured in the October 2019 accident. (File)
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MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) State game wardens in two Central Texas counties came together last month to provide a special hunt for those affected by the freak accident that left a deputy sheriff dead and a police chief seriously injured.

Falls County deputy Matt Jones died and Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow suffered a lacerated spleen, a broken back, a dislocated knee, a collapsed lung and nine broken ribs just before 2 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2019 when they were struck by a hydroplaning Mazda sedan as they assisted a driver whose vehicle evidently slid off the road at State Highway 6 and County Road 109 south of Riesel.

Krumnow still is recovering from his injuries.

“A Falls County game warden began planning a hunting trip to help give members of the sheriff’s office an outlet to get a break from the tragic event,” a news release issued Friday by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in Austin, said.

The Falls County warden reached out to a Lampasas County game warden who in turn contacted local landowners and businesses, all more than willing to help, and found a venue and accommodations for the hunt.

“In late January, Falls County deputies, the father of the fallen deputy and the Falls County game warden traveled to a ranch in Lampasas for the hunt,” the release says.

“A local deer processing business also donated rib eye steaks for all the guests.”

The release accounts that nine deer were taken during the successful hunt.