The Lakeway Police Department is mourning the loss of an officer killed on his way into work.
Flags around town were at half-staff Thursday night. They represent the sadness felt among this community.
According to Austin police, early Thursday morning, while on his way to work, Lakeway police Sgt. Chris Doles's truck went into oncoming traffic at 620 and boulder lane. His truck then collided with another truck and then struck a utility pole. He was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene.
47-year-old Sgt. Chris Doles had been working for Lakeway PD for exactly two years today.
"He loved just being at work. He loved being around the guys. He loved being in uniform.Every opportunity I gave him to wear plain clothes in administrative services, he wouldn't he had so much pride in wearing the badge and serving. That's the biggest thing I'm going to miss about him," Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford said.
Chief Todd Radford, rushed home from a chief's training school in Boston to be with his fellow officers and Doles family
After hearing the news.
"On every one of our cars it says our vision and our mission is to keep our community safe and nobody really exemplified that more than he did," Radford said.
Doles was a career police officer. He served the city of Waco for 19 years, then Jarrell before coming to Lakeway as the administrative sergeant in July of 2011. While in Lakeway he also served on the Honor Guard.
He leaves behind a wife, three of his own children and a niece and nephew whom he cared for.
"Chris was a very giving person. A very Christian man. Loved his kids. Was very engaged in the police department, loved the Lakeway Police Department, the City of Lakeway. He will be sorely missed," said Radford.
Although he wasn't killed in the line of duty, the city is going to treat it as such and give him all the honors they say he deserves.
The driver in the other vehicle was uninjured.