Elemendorf, Texas Mayor Evelyn Lykins, sadly reports Police Chief Michael Pimentel’s line of duty death.
Chief Pimentel, who is in his 60’s, was shot and killed during a suspect confrontation following a warrant arrest situation near the intersection of East 9th Street and South 1st Avenue around 11:40 a.m. Saturday.
Conflicting reports indicate that the arrest may have occurred during a traffic stop or that the Chief was waiting for the suspect to exit his residence so that he could make the arrest. In any case, Chief Pimentel was struck by gunfire in the shoulder and abdomen. Witnesses indicated that they heard three gun shots and saw the Chief fall to the ground.
Deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff Department took the suspect into custody. Emergency medical personnel from the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service provided medical care to Chief Pimentel. Then Airlife Medivac Helicopter took over and transported him to the University Hospital. Emergency room doctors continued medical care but were unable to save Chief Pimentel’s life.
Sergeant Jason Burchett will take command of the Elmendorf Police Department as Acting Chief until a replacement can be appointed to the position.
Sheriff Susan Pamerleau of the Bexar County Sheriff Department stated that her agency is conducting the murder investigation of Chief Pimentel. She also identified the 24 year old suspect as Joshua Manuel Lopez. She continued in stating that the suspect had an outstanding warrant for malicious destruction of property by writing graffiti on public structures. It is believed that the outstanding warrant was the precipitating event that led to the fatal altercation.
Mayor Lykins stated that Pimentel had been the village Police Chief for a little over a year. He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Chief Michael Pimental-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, August 23, 2014.
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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