MCALLEN, TX- Horrific news tonight out of Texas, where two police officers were ambushed and killed.
Police say the two McAllen police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty this afternoon by a man who moments later shot and killed himself.
#BREAKING Heavy police activity is happening right now on South Ware Road near Queta Ave. Multiple agencies are on scene as well as Mcallen Crime Scene Unit and dozens of officers and Border Patrol agents. Working to get you details. @cbs4rgv pic.twitter.com/sPZM3dIazW
— Sydney Hernández (@SydneyHdzTV) July 11, 2020
It happened at around 3:30, when the officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home near Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park.
Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said that when the officers went to the door of the home, they were immediately gunned down when they tried to enter.
Praying for the ￼families of the McALLEN PD officers who answered their final call today! Prayers going out to everyone affected by this tragedy. ￼RIP! pic.twitter.com/phbWHUUc0j
— Smiley Garza Jr. (@smileygarzajr) July 11, 2020
He said that other police officers drove by to check on the situation, saw what had happened, and also saw a man with a gun.
They screamed at him to drop the gun – but he instead turned it on himself.
The McAllen Police Department identified the officers as Edelmiro Garza, who was an 8 1/2 year veteran, and Ismael Chavez, who had been with the department about 2-1/2 years.
They said the killer was 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Caramillo.
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” Rodriguez said via text message Saturday, according to The Monitor.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez is the spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Prayers to McAllen Police Department and the families of the officers involved pic.twitter.com/ibf9HU9tRa
— Hidalgo Co. Fire Marshal’s Office (@HCFireMarshal) July 11, 2020
He said the officers were shot in that area and were transported to area hospitals – but they did not survive.
— KRGV CHANNEL 5 NEWS (@krgv) July 11, 2020
DPS sent troopers to the area to secure the scene after the McAllen Police Department asked for assistance, Olivarez said.
Our prayers and full support are with the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening. This office will provide any assistance requested in the days ahead. We are grateful for police in McAllen and around this great state.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 11, 2020
Earlier this week, two officers were shot in Reno, Texas.
A Sheriff”s Deputy and a police officer were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Thursday.
The shooting occurred at 6:12PM while officers were responding to a call in the 800 block of Harris in Reno. The call was placed by a mother who said her son had a gun and was threatening to shoot people.
Officers were shot at as they arrived at the residence of the suspect Lain Christian. A Sheriff’s Deputy was shot multiple times and an officer was shot once in the arm. The Deputy was transported to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth while the officer was taken to Azle Hospital. Both have since been released and are expected to make a full recovery.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement:
“We are grateful our deputy is doing well. We expect him to make a full recovery and we anticipate his return to our team.”
A third officer narrowly missed being shot when a bullet hit his stun-gun holster and absorbed the impact.
Reno Police Chief Tony Simmons told NBC5:
“What goes through your mind when you hear that one of your officers has been shot? It’s, you work with these guys day in and day out. Of course, you’re going to respond as quickly as you can, and hope everything is okay.
We got lucky this time. The world is a dangerous place. This could have turned out a lot different for those officers if things had been just a slight bit different.”
Christian barricaded himself inside of the house once police arrived. A seven hour standoff ensued between Christian and officers from the Reno Police Department, Springtown Police Department, and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
The standoff ended at approximately 1:40AM when a fire was started inside of the home. Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the fire.
Fort Worth PD, Reno PD, State Troopers, Parker County Sheriff and the FBI are in Reno off Miller and Cardinal trying to get a barricaded suspect to exit a home.
Officers in Reno were called there for a domestic dispute earlier this evening and… pic.twitter.com/z8QrpJsHdF
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) July 10, 2020
The mother of Christian, who placed the 911 call, escaped through a window and received treatment at a local hospital for leg lacerations.
Christian also shot his teen sister, Sierra Christian, to death in the house. The burned body of the 17 year old was found as detectives went through the house Friday morning. Christian was found dead with self inflicted gunshot wounds in the bushes near the home.
Chief Simmons said in a news conference on Friday:
“This was a tragedy. Crime happens everywhere. We never expected this in Reno.”
After the conference Simmons said:
“With everything going on in the world if people realized these officers are protecting you, they don’t have to do this. It was disturbing, to say the least, the officers stood up, did their jobs and protected the public.”
Officials report that the Texas Rangers have now taken over investigations. Information regarding the story is still emerging.
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Another officer was injured in the line of duty in Texas this month after having fire works shot at him.
AMARILLO, TX – An Amarillo Police officer was reportedly injured while responding to a call regarding possible juveniles setting off fireworks on July 4th at a local park. According to a post by the department’s official Facebook page, the officer had fireworks shot at him which resulted in the injury.
The officer, who was not yet identified, was said to have been called out to Hamlet Park at approximately 10:12 p.m. on July 4th. When the officer arrived on the scene, someone had reportedly shot a mortar shell directly into his cruiser by way of his driver’s side window.
The launched firework exploded inside of the cruiser, which caused injuries to the officer’s upper and lower body while also damaging the inside of the cruiser.
From the incident described by the APD’s post, other officers were dispatched but were unable to find the suspect(s) responsible:
“Other officers responded but could not locate the suspect due to the large number of fireworks being shot at them by the crowd. The injured officer was transported to a local area hospital.”
The officer is expected to survive.
Police said that numerous people were present during the attack on the officer, filming elements of the incident.
Now, police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating whomever may be responsible for the officer’s assault:
“Anyone who might know the identity of the suspect/suspects, call the Criminal Investigation Division at 378-4258 or 378-9468. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Amarillo Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.”
The APD also noted that tips can also be sent anonymously online by way of their website, which is at www.amapolice.org.
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