Fox News reports two police officers were killed in a Texas border town Saturday in what authorities described as an ambush shooting.
The gunman later killed himself after engaging in a shootout with other responding officers, The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, reported.
The slain McAllen officers were identified as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39. They were killed while responding to a domestic disturbance complaint, The Monitor reported.
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” McAllen police Chief Victor Rodriguez said via text message Saturday, according to the newspaper.
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott addressed the news via Twitter on Saturday evening and praised the self-sacrifice of the two officers.
“Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community,” Abbott wrote. “I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas. We unite to #BackTheBlue.”
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
The suspect was identified as Audon Ignacio Camarillo, 23, who was most recently arrested last month on assault charges, according to The Monitor.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said the officers were transported to an area hospital after the shooting.
The Texas Attorney General’s office addressed the killings on Twitter and offered prayers and assistance to the people and police officers of McAllen.
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