Two police officers have been shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call in Texas. The gunmen killed himself once other officers arrived on the scene.
McAllen Police Officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez were fatally gunned down after responding to a call at Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park.
According to Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, the two police officers arrived at the home at around 3.30 pm and were immediately gunned down upon trying to enter, KURV reports.
Other officers arrived to the scene and found the gunman – identified as 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Caramillo – still in possession of a firearm.
As the police officers yelled at the suspect to lower his weapon, Caramillo turned the gun on himself.
‘The officers did not draw their weapon, did not fire, did not stand a chance,’ Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said, according to KRGV.
Authorities said that Ignacio Caramillo has previously been arrested for drunken driving and also for assault charges.
The shooting is still under investigation according to police.
‘This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families,’ Rep. Vicente Gonzalez said in a statement, CBS reports.
‘They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.’
Edelmiro Garza had been with the department for eight and a half years and Ismael Chavez had been with them for two and a half years.
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