Two McAllen, Texas police officers were shot and killed while responding to a call Saturday afternoon, The Monitor reported.
The outlet reported that the officers, who have not been identified, were responding to a disturbance call in the area of Queta Avenue and 34th Street when they were ambushed and shot. A suspect at the scene was also shot, but their condition is unknown, according to The Monitor.
Today, 2 McAllen Police officers were killed in the line of duty. Our City extends its deepest condolences to McAllen PD & to the families of OFC Edelmiro Garza & OFC Ismael Chavez. McAllen is hurting & our hearts & prayers go out to them during this difficult time#McAllenStrong pic.twitter.com/SpwHe9yxii
— City of McAllen, TX (@CityofMcAllen) July 12, 2020
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” Police Chief Victor Rodriguez told the outlet.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told The Monitor that the agency sent DPS troopers to the scene around 4:30 p.m.
Information about what led up to the shooting was not available.
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.
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) July 11, 2020
Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted their condolences to the city and the police department, and said that they will provide the McAllen Police Department wany support it needs.
Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community.
I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 11, 2020
Angela and I are praying for and supporting the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening. My 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
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