A run and walk event set for 9 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 12) will benefit a Houston native who was injured in an officer-related shooting.
The event — the Don Tottingham Memorial ‘I’ve Got Your 6’ Fun Run/Walk — is a 5K event that will start at the Texas County Justice Center. Proceeds from the event benefit Brigg Pierson, a Houston High School graduate who was shot multiple times while on duty as a Carter County deputy near Van Buren last month. He and a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer were wounded while serving an eviction notice with other officers. The suspect was apprehended after a lengthy standoff. The trooper sustained minor injuries.
Pierson is undergoing physical therapy after release from a St. Louis hospital, said his mother, Sandy Cramer, who is a long-time faculty member at the Houston School District.
Registration for the walk — organized by Houston Community Betterment and Arts Council, its youth arm, and the Houston Police Department — is 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the Grand Avenue building. The cost is $25. Checks should be made payable to the City of Houston. There also will be a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Brigg Pierson Benefit Account established at Landmark Bank.