Authorities said two police officers were shot dead by a suspect who later shot himself in a South Texas border town after answering a call of local unrest.
McCallin Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said the dead officers were Edelmero Garza, 45, and Ismail Chavez, 39. Garza was an officer in the police department for more than eight years, while Chávez had more than two years of experience.
“We lost two brave public servants who only sought to maintain peace in our city,” Rodriguez, visibly distraught, told Monitor (McCallin).
Officers initially met with two people who reported attacks inside a nearby house on the south side of Macallen around 3:30 pm. Saturday, Rodriguez said. But the alleged shooter, identified by police as 23-year-old Udon Ignacio Camarillo, opened fire when the officers tried to enter the house.
“They were doing their job. That’s what they were supposed to do.” Rodriguez said, “He was the suspect in the accident, he met our officers at the door, and he shot the two officers. Both officers were fatally wounded; Both died as a result. The officers never had a chance to suspect a fatal attack on them, let alone death. “
Rodriguez said Camarillo shot himself and killed himself shortly after the officers opened fire, adding that the suspect hid behind a car after other officers responded to the scene. According to public records, Camarillo had several encounters with police from 2016 until his last arrest last month on assault charges.