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Two McAllen officers ambushed
Two McAllen officers ambushed

Two McAllen police officers were shot and killed last Saturday afternoon after responding to a domestic disturbance call in the 3500 block of Queta Street. It’s a story that no one wants to see make the news, but it was sourced by not only local news outlets, but those across the state and nation as well – NY Times, CNN, USA Today, etc. In Hidalgo County, it used to be rare for a police officer to be shot and killed. The deaths Saturday mark the loss of four local police officers over the span of approximately 15 months. (See related editorial.) During a press conference at the scene Saturday, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, working hard to maintain his composure, said that the two officers had responded to the call “to maintain peace,” and instead, “were taken down…” They were only “doing their job,” said Rodriguez. “The officers never had a chance to expect deadly assault on them, much less death at that moment in time.” Funeral services were scheduled this week for the two officers – 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza and 39-year-old Ismael Chavez. Also dead at the scene, the shooter, 23-year-old Audon Camarillo, who had four previous arrests for criminal conduct on file at the county courthouse – DWI; fleeing from a police officer; possession of less than 20 ounces of marijuana; and simple assault. According to Rodriguez, the McAllen PD had received a call of domestic disturbances taking place inside the house on Queta. At the scene, the officers spoke to two people who confirmed the report. At the front door, while trying to make contact with Camarillo, the shooter fired at them, killing them on the spot before they had a chance to unholster their weapons. A short time later after multiple units had pulled up to the scene, a single shot was heard from within the residence. According to McAllen PD, Camarillo was found dead inside the residence. On the Youtube post of Rodriguez’s press conference, one poster wrote: “Thank you Officers Garza and Chavez for your service and to the City of McAllen Police Department. Deepest condolences for the loss of these fine officers who gave their lives to help someone in need. Prayers for the families during this painful and difficult time.” Another wrote: “Blue Lives Matter, and I don’t care who likes it.” ...

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