June 25, 2022 6:50 pm

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Deputy shot in Liberty County last year has passed away

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Liberty County Deputy Richard Whitten, who was shot last year at a Cleveland veterinary clinic, has died.

Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader said that Whitten passed away from what appears to be a heart attack while he was in physical therapy.

Whitten was shot on May 29, 2019, along with three other people, by Pavol Vido, who killed himself.

Deputies told ABC13 that Whitten spotted Vido about a mile away from the shooting scene and attempted to pull him over.

Vido then started shooting at the deputy, and the deputy returned fire.

Whitten had been with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) for four years. He graduated from the Lone Star College Police Academy.

LCSO says Whitten was married to his wife, Kami, for 14 years.

Whitten graduated from Splendora High School in 1986 and is a lifelong resident of the Cleveland area.