Friday, July 18, 2008

RIP Officer Gary Gryder

One of my friends forwarded this very sad, sad news article to me

Houston cop killer gets mental evaluation

Officer Down: Officer Gary Gryder

By Brian Rogers
The Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON — A man accused of killing one Houston police officer and injuring another in a car wreck will be drug tested and evaluated by mental health professionals to investigate his behavior in the minutes after the incident.

Hung Dasian Truong, 24, will be held for a 21-day mental evaluation, a judge ruled Tuesday. Initial alcohol and drug tests got negative results, but investigators are awaiting the results of a second, more detailed round of blood tests to determine whether Truong was impaired at the time of the incident early Sunday morning.

Truong was taken into custody while laughing uncontrollably and refusing to answer questions, Harris County Assistant District Attorney Denise Bradley said.

According to court records, investigators suspect that Truong may have been under the influence of salvia divinorum.

Salvia is an herb-based hallucinogen used spiritually by Mazatec Indians from the Oaxaca area, and increasingly popular among teens and college-age students, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

In state District Judge Caprice Cosper's court, Bradley recounted the