Grand Prairie Police Officer Killed

A Grand Prairie police officer was killed in the line of duty on Friday, June 7th.

At around 10:40 AM Friday morning, Officer Albert “AJ” Castenada Jr. was conducting a radar scan outisde his vehicle parked on the shoulder of the Persident George Bush Turnpike near Dickey Road, when a 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and struck the officer, throwing him off the elvated roadway. Castenada was transported to Medical City Arlington, where he was pronounced dead at 10:58 AM.

The driver was not injured and it is not clear what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. No charges have been filed against him.

Castenada’s body was taken to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office via police escort. Grand Prairie PD held a press conference later that afternoon. Rambler Newspapers will update this story as more information becomes available.

You can view video of the press conference below:

Video courtesy of Grand Praiale Police Department Facebook Page

About the Author

Ariel Graham
Ariel Graham is a staff reporter and Online Manager for Rambler Newspapers. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media & Communication in December of 2011. Prior to moving to Dallas, she worked for AM 790 KFYO in Lubbock, Texas, as a board operator and producer for “Lubbock’s First News” & “The Chad Hasty Show.” She also wrote a weekly technology blog “The Geek Girl Report,” as well as various news stories and podcasts for the station. Currently, in addition to her work with Rambler, she is also a freelance voiceover actress and is working on her blog and YouTube channel, “Super Geek Girl."