Two police officers were shot and killed Saturday by a man who later shot himself in McAllen, Texas, authorities said. The shooting happened when the officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home and came under fire.
McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said at a press conference "What I'm trying to tell you is the officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly assault on them,".
Officer Edelmiro Garza, was 45 and has been on the force for about nine years and Officer Ismael Chavez, was 39 and had been employed by McAllen Police Department for about 2 1/2 years.
Both officers were pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The suspect, Aldon Caramillo, was 23 and had a history of arrests including driving under the influence, fleeing from officers, assault, and marijuana possession, Rodriguez said.
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Two McAllen police officers were shot and killed Saturday, Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said.
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” Rodriguez said via text message Saturday.
The officers were reportedly ambushed while responding to a call in the vicinity of Queta Avenue and 34th Street.
According to Lt. Christopher Olivarez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the officers were shot in that area and were transported to an area hospital.
A suspect in the shooting has been shot, but that person’s condition is unclear.
DPS sent troopers to secure the scene because the McAllen Police Department asked for assistance, Olivarez said, adding that his agency 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,” Olivarez said.
Law enforcement and public safety sources believe the officers were responding to a disturbance call when the shooting occurred.