Knox County, TX – Crowell Police Chief Granville “Rusty” Wyatt Moore was killed in an off-duty farming accident on Tuesday.
The 70-year-old police chief and another unnamed man both died in an apparent farm tractor accident while working on leased ranch land, Crowell Mayor Ronnie Allen told KFDX.
Details regarding the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into the fatal incident have not been released.
In addition to being the only member of the Crowell Police Department (CPD), Chief Moore also operated a hunting ranch with his wife, Allen told KFDX.
Chief Moore was a former game warden and he loved to fish and hunt, according to his obituary.
The Austin native attended Texas A&M University and Central Texas College.
He had served as the city’s police chief for the past 11 years, KFDX reported.
Allen said that the small community will miss Chief Moore, and that he did far more for the citizens that just enforcing the law.
“I have loved this man with my whole heart for 49 years,” Chief Moore’s widow, Malinda, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “I am so thankful to God for the many memories that I will forever treasure. My heart is broken but I know that My Love is standing in the presence of Jesus.”
In addition to his wife, Chief Moore leaves behind his son, daughter, and four grandchildren, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his three brothers, two sisters, a half-brother, and many friends and extended family members.
Chief Moore will be laid to rest on Friday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Crowell Police Chief Granville “Rusty” Wyatt Moore, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.