2 Texas police officers killed in ambush attack

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Jul 12th, 2020 12:37 pm
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Last Updated Jul 13th, 2020 at 6:05 pm

Two Texas police officers were killed on Saturday in McAllen, Texas in what is being described as an ambush attack.

Police Chief Victor Rodriguez identified the two fallen officers as Edelmiro Garza, 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39.

Edelmiro and Garza were answering a disturbance call around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when they were shot to death, according to Rodriguez.

"They were doing their job," Rodriguez said. "That is what they were supposed to do. The person was a suspect of the incident, met our officers at the door, and shot at both officers. Both officers suffered fatal wounds, they have both passed away as a result ... The officers never had a chance to suspect deadly assault on them, much less death."

Police said the alleged shooter, 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Camarillo, killed himself after engaging in a shootout with other responding officers.

Governor Greg Abbot responded via Twitter on Saturday:

"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. We unite to #BackTheBlue. #RGV"

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted on Saturday:

"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."

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, also tweeted on Saturday:

"This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families. They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers."


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