A police officer and an 11-year-old boy were killed in a high-speed chase on June 19 in Conroe, Texas (video below).
Patton Village Sgt. Stacey Baumgartner responded to a call about a man, Garrett William Nee, who was allegedly urinating on a sidewalk and exposing himself to customers at a nearby store, KTRK reports.
Nee attempted to run over Baumgartner, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and Baumgartner began a high-speed chase after Nee.
Nee reportedly ran a red light, but when Sgt. Baumgartner attempted to follow, he was T-boned by an SUV in the intersection.
"The force from the crash forced the officer to the immediate right of the intersection and he hit a traffic light pole," DPS Trooper Richard Standifer recalled. "The SUV, after the crash occurred, due to the severe damage and the force, it was flipped. It came to rest and was upside down on the 1485 side, just off the improved shoulder."
Baumgartner was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Aidan Hilario Jr., 11, was thrown from the SUV that T-boned Baumgartner's car and died, and six of his relatives were seriously injured: Adan Hilario Sr., 46; Erica Santos, 39; Andrea Hilario, 9; Brenda Hilario, 15; Yudiel Santos, 17; and Joel Santos, 18, KHOU reports.
Nee reportedly came back to the scene of the accident and he was arrested.
"For whatever reason, he saw fit to come back," Standifer added, according to KTRK. "I'd like to think that's a decent thing for a person to do. The average person who evades from law enforcement rarely comes back. He did do that, I guess to check on the people who were involved in the crash, at which time law enforcement did come up to him and take him into custody."
Nee was charged with multiple crimes including murder and intoxicatied assault and manslaughter.
"You couldn't ask for a better guy," Patton Village Lt. Carolyn Prickett told KTRK. "[Baumgartner] didn't complain about anything, he just loved to laugh."
"He always texted me, 'Are you doing okay?'" Detective Tim Williams added. "That's going to be missed. It was every morning. Even when he was not at work."
Texas' Cleveland Independent School District police chief Rex Evans told KHOU that Baumgartner was a "really good guy, great dad, a good friend."