Dallas (CBSDFW.COM) – On Friday afternoon, a Mesquite police officer who responded to harassing calls died after being shot dead in a grocery store parking lot.
According to the police, the incident occurred at about 1:40 pm. The officer called Albertson’s on South Belt Line Road near Cartwright Road.
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An Albertson’s spokesperson said the store closed briefly after the shooting, but then reopened. They said that Albertson’s heart was with the “person involved and their family members” and confirmed that they are cooperating with the ongoing investigation by law enforcement agencies.
In announcing the death of the police officer, Mesquite Police Chief David Gil said: “This is a senseless act of violence that took away his loving husband and father from his family.” “He is. A 21-year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department. He is a good man, a good friend, and a good officer. Please let his family and our family pray for you.”
The fallen police officer was the second police officer in the history of the Mesquite Police Department to die during duty. The first time was 47 years ago.
Officials earlier confirmed that both the police officer and the suspect were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Authorities believe that the suspect committed suicide after shooting at the police officer, which is considered an attempted suicide.
Image source: Chopper 11/CBSDFWCBS 11
Police departments and chiefs from all over North Texas expressed their condolences to the Mesquite Police Department and the officer’s family.
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Image source: Chopper 11/CBSDFW
The video from Chopper 11 shows that the Mesquite grocery store is very lively on Friday afternoon.
Nick Starling of CBS 11 was also at the scene. He said that the police blocked a large area of the parking lot.
Within minutes of the shooting, Mesquite and Dallas police officers gathered outside Baylor Hospital in Dallas, waiting for the latest news about the police officer’s condition.
A convoy of Mesquite and Dallas police vehicles escorted the fallen police officer’s body from the hospital to the Dallas County Forensic Office.
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