Mesquite, Texas police officer shot dead while responding to disturbance
At 1:40 p.m. on Friday, officers were dispatched to a commotion near a grocery store in the 1500 block of S. Beltline Road, police said.
“It was a senseless act of violence that tore a loving father and husband from his family,” Chief Gill said, swallowing back tears. “He was a 21 year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department. He was a good man, a good friend, a good officer.”
The WFAA cites witnesses as saying they heard about four to six gunshots and were shocked because they believe the area is normally safe.
“This tragedy is a solemn reminder of the risks our law enforcement officers take every day by risking their lives to serve and protect our communities.”