Updated 9:40 pm: Reviewed with additional details throughout.
Two McAllen police officers were shot dead while responding to a call Saturday afternoon, The Monitor reported.
Police Chief Víctor Rodríguez identified the officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chávez, 39, at a press conference on Saturday night, the outlet reported.
Rodríguez said at the press conference that officers were responding to a call about an assault around 3:30 pm in the 3500 block of Queta Street. Officers tried to enter the house when the suspect, Audon Ignacio Camarillo, 23, shot them, The Monitor reported.
“They were doing their job,” Rodríguez said, according to The Monitor. “That is what they were supposed to do. The person was suspected of the incident, he met our officers at the door and shot both officers. Both officers suffered fatal injuries, both died as a result … Officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly attack on them, let alone death. “
Camarillo shot himself and committed suicide shortly after opening fire on officers, the outlet reported.
Other information about what led to the assault call was not immediately clear, according to The Monitor.
Two of our best were killed in the line of duty while working to protect the residents of their community.
I spoke with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.
We join # BackTheBlue. # RGVhttps: //t.co/lm5DWQJSVC
– Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 11, 2020
According to The Monitor, Garza was with the department for more than eight years, while Chávez was with the department for more than two.
The Monitor also reported that public records show that Camarillo had had several clashes with police since 2016, and was arrested last month on assault charges.
Both Governor Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted their condolences to the city and the police department, saying they will provide the McAllen police department with all the support it needs.
Our prayers and full support go out to the brave men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this afternoon. This office will provide any assistance requested in the coming days. We are thankful for the police in McAllen and in this great state.
– Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 11, 2020