Two McAllen officers killed while on duty

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Two McAllen officers were shot dead on Saturday, said police chief Victor Rodriguez.“We have lost two brave officials who were only trying to keep the peace in our city,” Rodriguez said by text on Saturday.

The police were reportedly ambushed while answering a call near Queta Avenue and 34th Street.

According to Lt. Christopher Olivarez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the police were killed in the area and were transported to a local hospital.

A suspect in the shooting has been killed, but the person’s condition is unclear.

The DPS sent soldiers to secure the area because the McAllen police department asked for help, said Olivarez, adding that his agency had received a call about the incident around 4:30 p.m.

The circumstances of the shooting also remain unclear.

“We just have very brief details right now,” said Olivarez.

Law enforcement and public security sources believe the police were responding to a disturbance call when the shooting took place.

A man who lives near the area and who would only identify himself as G. Lopez, said he was working in his yard when he saw the police arriving around 4 p.m.

Shortly after, Lopez said he heard five to six shots.

“I have a few guns; it was not fireworks, ”he said.

According to Lopez, additional law enforcement arrived 10 or 15 minutes later.

“After that, everyone showed up and I heard a gunshot,” he said. “When I heard this blow, everyone swarmed. “

Lopez said before filming it was an otherwise quiet day in the neighborhood.

Police are expected to disclose more details about the scene of the shooting tonight.

Their death came almost a year after two other Rio Grande Valley law enforcement officers lost their lives while on the job while on duty.

Cpl. Jose Luis Espericueta of the mission police department was shot dead on June 20, 2019 while responding to reports of an armed man.

DPS soldier Moises Sanchez died in August 2019 after undergoing surgery for injuries sustained in a shootout on April 6 of the same year, during which Sanchez responded to a motor vehicle accident in Edinburgh .

In a statement, US representative Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, called the news of Saturday’s two deaths “devastating.”

“This is devastating news for our community. My heart breaks for these deceased officers and their families, ”said Gonzalez in the press release. “They served McAllen with courage and honor and I will keep them in my prayers.”

Ken Paxton Attorney General of Texas tweeted that his office will provide the McAllen Police Service with all necessary assistance.

“Our prayers and unreserved support accompany the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening,” said the tweet. “We are grateful to the police in McAllen and this great state.”

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Two McAllen officers die in ambush

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