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Sunday, 12 July 2020

Two Texas cops are shot dead while responding to domestic violence call before 23-year-old gunman turns the weapon on himself - as police chief says officers 'did not stand a chance'

Two police officers were shot in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call in Texas, with the suspected gunmen killing himself once other cops arrived on the scene. 
McAllen Police Officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez were fatally gunned down after responding to the call at the home at Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park. 
According to Police Chief Victor Rodriguez, the two officers arrived to the home at around 3.30pm and were immediately gunned down upon trying to enter, KURV reports. 
McAllen Police Officer Edelmiro Garza (center)
Officer Ismael Chavez
McAllen Police Officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez were fatally gunned down after responding to the call at the home at Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park
Other officers arrived to the scene and found the gunman still in possession of a firearm
A McAllen police officer hugs a mourner at McAllen Medical Center
A McAllen police officer hugs a mourner at McAllen Medical Center

Other officers arrived to the scene and found the gunman - identified as 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Caramillo - still in possession of a firearm.   
Audon Ignacio Caramillo allegedly shot and killed himself when other officers arrived on the scene
Audon Ignacio Caramillo allegedly shot and killed himself when other officers arrived on the scene
As cops yelled at the suspect to lower his weapon, the man turned the gun on himself. 
'The officers did not draw their weapon, did not fire, did not stand a chance,' Rodriguez said, according to KRGV
Authorities share that Ignacio Caramillo had been previously arrested for drunken driving and for assault charges. 
The shooting is still under investigation. 
'This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families,' Rep. Vicente Gonzalez said in a statement, CBS reports. 
'They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.' 
Garza had been with the department for eight and a half years while Chavez had been with them for two and a half. 
Authorities are still investigating the shooting
Authorities are still investigating the shooting
'The officers did not draw their weapon, did not fire, did not stand a chance,' Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said
'The officers did not draw their weapon, did not fire, did not stand a chance,' Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said

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