Texas police officer killed, 2 others injured after being ‘ambushed’ by gunman with rifle

by Editorial Team

A police officer was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in central Texas on Saturday night, officials said.

The officers had responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in San Marcos, according to Austin news station KXAN.

On Sunday, San Marcos Police identified Justin Putman, 31, as the officer who was fatally shot.

The other officers, identified by authorities as Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller, underwent surgery at a medical center in the nearby city of Kyle. Mueller and Stewart are in critical but stable condition, their police department’s interim chief, Bob Klett, said Sunday during a press conference.

Police identified the suspect in the shooting as 46-year-old Alfredo Perez De La Cruz. The suspect died of what police called a self-inflicted wound.

Putman worked for the San Marcos Police Department for five and a half years.

“We lost a fine young man, a faithful officer and a friend,” Klett said Sunday. “He understood what it took to police a wonderfully diverse community like San Marcos.”

San Marcos is located about 30 miles to the south of Austin.

Officials have said that the suspected gunman “ambushed officers with a rifle.”

Saturday’s shooting was the second time a San Marcos Police officer has been killed in the line of duty. In December 2017, Sgt. Kenneth Copeland was fatally shot as he served a warrant.

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