Audon Ignacio Camarillo Suspect Killed himself
The officers tried to enter the home when the suspect, 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Camarillo, shot at them, The Monitor reported.
The Monitor reported that two afternoons of McAllen police officers were shot dead in response to a Saturday afternoon call.
Police chief Victor Rodriguez described the officers as 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza and 39-year-old Ismael Chavez at a press conference on Saturday evening.
Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community.
I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 11, 2020
“They were doing their job,” Rodriguez said, according to The Monitor. “That is what they were supposed to do. The person was a suspect of the incident, met our officers at the door, and shot at both officers. Both officers suffered fatal wounds, they have both passed away as a result … The officers never had a chance to suspect deadly assault on them, much less death.”
Camarillo shot and killed himself shortly after opening fire on the officers, the outlet reported.
Our prayers and full support are with the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening. This office will provide any assistance requested in the days ahead. We are grateful for police in McAllen and around this great state.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 11, 2020
According to The Monitor, Garza was with the department more than eight years while Chavez was with the department for more than two.
The Monitor also reported that public records show that Camarillo had several run-ins with the police going back to 2016, and was arrested last month on assault charge
Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted their condolences to the city and the police department and said that they will provide the McAllen Police Department with any support it needs.
U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen said in a statement that receiving news of the two officers’ deaths was “devastating.”
“This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families,” Gonzalez said. “They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.”
Rodriguez said that while the police are “weakened for the moment,” he expects a resilient law enforcement community to stand tall and persevere through it.
“The strength and the resolve we have to serve our communities, all of us here, will allow us to do what we do every day,” Rodriguez said.
Law enforcement from several cities in Hidalgo County gathered Saturday evening at McAllen Medical to honor Garza and Chavez. More than 50 police cars were part of a procession that accompanied the bodies of the officers, who were taken to Hidalgo County pathology for an autopsy.