A Texas police lieutenant has been fatally shot while responding to a domestic dispute in his patrol car, police said.

The lieutenant, identified as Lt.

James C. Dennard, was responding to reports of an assault on his vehicle Thursday night, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

The deputy who shot Dennards has been identified as 28-year-old Daniel B. Thomas.

Thomas was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference Saturday.

Dennards was a 15-year veteran of the Austin Police Department.

His family is expected to be in Austin Saturday night for a memorial service.

Denny’s Restaurant in Austin’s east side said in a statement that Dennads wife and daughters were in the restaurant when the shooting happened.DENNARDS FAMILY SAYS HE WAS AN AMERICAN DEPARTMENT OFFICER, POLICE SAY His mother, Lisa Denny, posted on Facebook Saturday that her husband, James Dennarded, was an officer with the Austin-Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

He is survived by his mother, two sisters, a brother, two great-granddaughters and a brother-in-law.

The family did not release a cause of death.

Dennis was the second of three police officers killed in Texas this year, along with another police officer in North Texas, who was killed in a shooting.

The third officer was fatally wounded by a stray bullet in July.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.