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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Dallas police officer dies following shooting at Home Depot

Dallas Police officers wait outside the entrance of the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital on April 24 in Dallas, following a shooting at an area Home Depot.(LOUIS DELUCA/AP)
A Texas police officer shot while responding to an incident at a Home Depot in Dallas died from his injuries Wednesday morning.
Mayor Mike Rawlings during a city council meeting announced 27-year-old Officer Rogelio Santander died at the hospital around 8 a.m. and ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor.
"we are asking that you continue to pray for the family and the DPD family," Chief Renee Hall told reporters. "This is going to be a very trying time for us so we're just asking for your support during this time."
Santander and a second officer, Crystal Almeida, responded to a Home Depot around 4:15 p.m.Tuesday after an officer there phoned in for assistance in removing a man from the store off Forest Central Drive.
According to the arrest warrant, the officer at Home Depot spotted him behaving suspiciously and worried he may steal something. Once the suspect was detained, it was revelaed he had an outstanding felony warrant.
As responding officeres escorted the suspect from the store, he opened fire.
Almeida was also critically injured, and a Home Depot employee was shot during the violent confrontation.
Armando Juarez was arrested for the shooting.(AP)
Both officers, each three-year veterans assigned to the Northeast division, underwent surgeries for their injuries at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital.
The employee, a loss-prevention officer with the hardware store identified as Scott Painter. Both Painter and the wounded officer remained at the hopsital Wednesday morning in critical condition.
"They are still in critical condition but we are optimistic about what we are seeing with them right now," Hall said.
Following a five-hour manhunt and a high-speed chase through downtown Dallas, authorities arrested suspected gunman 29-year-old Armando Juarez.
He was being held in the Dallas County Jail and faces multiple counts of aggravated assault of a police officer.
Juarez was arrested in January on a charge of unlawful use of a motor vehilce after police say they found him in a stolen vehilce. He also previously pleaded guilty to a drug posession charge.

- ny news 

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