On Saturday, two McAllen police officers were shot and killed, according to Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” Rodriguez said through text message Saturday.
The police officers were allegedly ambushed after responding to a call in the area of Queta Avenue and 34th Street.
According to the spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Lt. Christopher Olivarez, the officers were shot upon arriving in the area and were transported to a nearby hospital.
A suspect involved in the shooting was shot, but the persons condition is unknown.
The McAllen Police Department, according to Olivarez, received a call around 4:30 PM and the DPS sent officers to secure the scene.
The motives of the shooting remain unclear. “We just have very brief details right now,” Olivarez said. Also Read– Car crash kills Salem police officer
A man identified as G. Lopez who lives in the area said he saw the officers arriving around 4 PM and shortly after heard gunshots.
“I have a couple of guns; that wasn’t fireworks,” he said.
According to Lopez, additional police officers arrived 10 or 15 minutes later.
“After that, everybody showed up and then I heard one shot,” he said. “When I heard that one shot everybody swarmed.”
Brave officers shot and killed in ambush attack
In a statement, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, called the news of the two deaths on Saturday “devastating.”
“This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families,” Gonzalez said in the statement. “They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted that any needed assistance will be provided to the McAllen Police Department.
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“Our prayers and full support are with the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening,” the tweet read. “We are grateful for police in McAllen and around this great state.”