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.

“During the investigation, the officer was shot and a male suspect was also shot. Both were taken to local hospitals and the officer died of his injuries,” police said. Mesquite in a message to his manager. Facebook page.
The officer was beaten twice and the suspect was beaten once, Mesquite Police Chief David Gill, noted.

“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.”

Suspect remains in critical condition, CNN affiliate says WFAA.

The WFAA cites witnesses as saying they heard about four to six gunshots and were shocked because they believe the area is normally safe.

Govt. Greg Abbott said in a statement: “Our hearts are with the family and loved ones of the Mesquite Police Department officer who passed away this evening.

“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.”

Dallas Police Department Chief Eddie Garcia tweeted: “Pray and cry alongside our brothers and sisters at @MesquitePD_TX, their deceased hero and his family. The @DallasPD is also wearing your patch today, and for as long as you need our help.”

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