Pearland police officer dies responding to non-emergency call

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PEARLAND, TX - According to Pearland Police, it's been about 40 years since the department lost one of its own officers in the line of duty.

A fatal car crash Sunday morning, changed the city's luck. Night-shift officer, Endy Ekpanya was on his way to the scene of a non-emergency call around 3:15 am.

A woman, who crossed over the middle lanes, slammed into Ekpanya's cop car head on.

Pearland police say another woman driving by pulled up to the scene and called 911. The woman found both Ekpanya and the female driver pinned inside their cars.

According to Pearland officer, Jason Wells,  "firefighters came out to the scene and were able to extract him and airlift him to Memorial Herman hospital."

At the hospital, police say Ekpayna's life came to an end; the woman's injuries are not life-threatening.

DPS state troopers are investigating whether or not the woman was under the influence. Pearland police are looking over surveillance video to gather more information on the accident.

From a non-emergency call to a fatal crash, it's unfortunate Pearland had to lose a public servant this way.