The first Texas police officer to die in the line of duty in 2018 was shot while responding to a disturbance call. A civilian is also believed to have died at the hands of the same gunman.
On February 7, 2018, in Richardson, a Texas police officer responded to the Breckinridge Point Apartments for a disturbance call. On the scene, he found one male victim suffering from a bullet wound. The man later died.
The gunman then fired at the officer, 37, and shot him in the neck. He was transported to Medical City Plano and pronounced dead not long afterwards.
A SWAT team then arrived at the scene to negotiate with the gunman, who had barricaded himself in the apartment building and continued firing shots. The standoff lasted for about four hours.
People in the complex were told to remain in place as the standoff continued.
Witnesses reported hearing several blasts around 11:00 p.m. A suspect was then taken into custody. He reportedly shouted, “I’m sorry.”
The Richardson Police Department tweeted, “We are confirming that we have lost one of our own. Our officer is deceased. We are not identifying him at this time. We ask for your prayers during this tragedy. Thank you.”
Minutes after this police post, Texas Governor Greg Abbott wrote the following on his Twitter account: “The hearts and soul of Texas mourn with you. Your loss is a loss to all law enforcement and everyone in our great state. Texas will honor the lost officer with the dignity he deserves. May God rest his soul. And may his legacy live in others’ service.”
According to police, the suspect surrendered and was taken to hospital for a medical evaluation. There were no details released regarding the suspect’s identity or a possible motive for the shooting.