The shooting occurred round 1:40 p.m. in Mesquite, Texas, amid reviews of an unspecified disturbance outdoors an Albertson’s grocery retailer. A male suspect displayed a gun and a shootout with the officer, a 21-year veteran of the police power, adopted, Mesquite Police Chief David Gill instructed reporters outdoors the Baylor College Medical Middle in Dallas.
The unidentified officer was struck twice and the suspect was hit as soon as. They had been each taken to the hospital the place they had been listed in essential situation earlier than they later died.
“This was a mindless act of violence that ripped a loving father and husband from his household,” a visibly emotional Gill stated “He was a superb man, a superb buddy and a superb officer.”
The identities of the officer and suspect haven’t been launched.
Dallas police Chief Edgardo Garcia supplied his condolences through Twitter.
“Praying and mourning alongside our brothers and sisters from @MesquitePD_TX their fallen hero and his household. The @DallasPD additionally wears your patch as we speak, and for so long as you want our help,” he wrote.
The officer’s demise got here amid newly released figures by the Nationwide Fraternal Order of Police that stated 314 cops have been shot within the line of responsibility in 2021, killing 58, as of Wednesday.
“We’re on tempo this yr to see the very best variety of officers shot within the line of responsibility in a single yr ever recorded,” FOP president Patrick Yoes stated in a press release launched this week.