TWO cops were shot dead in a horrifying ambush by a gunman who killed himself after opening fire on Saturday afternoon.
Officers Edelmiro Garza, 45 and Ismael Chavez, 39, were fatally shot by Audon Ignacio Camarillo, 23, when they responded to reports of an alleged assault at a Texas home, The Monitor reported.
Officers Edelmiro Garza, Jr (pictured) and Ismael Chavez were shot on the line of duty Saturday afternoon[/caption]
Chavez (pictured) had been with the department for over two years, while Garza had been with the department for nine[/caption]
Police said the gunman, Audon Ignacio Camarillo, 23, fatally shot himself after wounding the officers[/caption]
“The officers never had a chance to suspect deadly assault on them, much less death,” police Chief Victor Rodriguez said at a news conference.
Rodriguez said Camarillo met the two officers at the door and “shot at both officers.”
“Both officers suffered fatal wounds, they have both passed away as a result…” the chief added, as reported by The Monitor.
Rodriguez said neither officer drew their weapons. He added they “did not fire, did not stand a chance,” KRGV reported.
The chief said when other officers arrived to check on the incident, they saw a suspect with a gun and yelled at him to drop the weapon, KURV reported.
The suspect turned the gun on himself, however, cops said.
The two cops had been responding to a report of an assault when the incident occurred[/caption]
Chavez’s daughter shared a picture of the two on Instagram after her father’s death[/caption]
A memorial was set up on Sunday to honor the two fallen officers, according to the City of McAllen.
A picture posted to the city’s Facebook page showed two patrol cars on either side of a memorial, with flowers spread across the windshields and on the ground in front of the vehicles.
Garza had been an officer for more than eight years, and Chavez had been in the line of duty for over two years, KURV reported.
“Our condolences to the families of our fallen brothers and the McAllen Police Department,” McAllen Police Department said in a statement.
Police are seen at the scene after the shooting on Saturday[/caption]
People salute as one of the officer’s bodies is carried out of McAllen Medical Center on Saturday[/caption]
“We are deeply sadden (sic) by this tragedy and will continue to keep you in our prayers.”
The McAllen Police Association also released a statement offering their condolences for Garza and Chavez.
“Both men were of exceptional moral character and professionalism. They both possessed a servant’s heart, which showed in their choice of profession,” the Association said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared a statement on social media showing support for police after the shooting.
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“Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community,” Abbott said.
I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.
“We unite to #BackTheBlue. #RGV” he added.