MCALLEN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Two Texas police officers were shot dead on Saturday after responding to a call for domestic unrest, authorities said.
During a press conference Sunday night, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said officers were shot by a suspect as they approached the door of a house in response to the disturbance call.
Rodríguez said the department discovered that its two officers had been shot after two other officers responded to the scene.
After more officers arrived at the scene, the suspect was ordered to drop his weapon, but he shot himself and killed himself, Rodríguez said.
“We have lost two brave public servants who were only seeking to keep peace in our city,” McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told The (McAllen) Monitor.
The city of McAllen identified the two officers as Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chávez.
Today, 2 McAllen police officers were killed in the line of duty. Our city extends its deepest condolences to McAllen PD and the families of OFC Edelmiro Garza and OFC Ismael Chavez. McAllen is suffering and our hearts and prayers are with them in this difficult time # McAllenStrong pic.twitter.com/SpwHe9yxii
– City of McAllen, TX (@CityofMcAllen) July 12, 2020
The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Audon Camarillo.
Governor Greg Abbott tweeted about the shooting, saying: “Two of our best were killed in the line of duty while working to protect the residents of their community.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted that his office will provide the McAllen Police Department with all necessary assistance.
“Our prayers and full support go out to the brave men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD tonight,” the tweet read. “We are grateful for the police in McAllen and in this great state.”
US Representative Vicente González de McAllen said in a statement that receiving news of the officers’ deaths was “devastating.”
“This is devastating news for our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families, ”González said in the statement. “They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.”
An investigation is ongoing. No further information was immediately available.
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