Authorities continue search for suspects who shot police officer

Authorities continue search for suspects who shot police officer
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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:18pm

Officials are working around the clock to track down the men who allegedly shot an Edinburg police officer last night.

It happened at approximately 11 p.m. at a residence located on the 800 block of S. 20th Avenue in Edinburg.

An officer, who is not being identified at this time, responded to what he believed was a domestic disturbance at a house.  Without realizing it, the officer interrupted an ongoing home invasion when one of the suspects began shooting.

"The suspect opened the door and fired upon our officer, striking him twice, one in each leg," explained Edinburg police chief Rolando Castañeda.

The officer was immediately taken to McAllen Medical and was released this afternoon.

Officials say he is a veteran officer and that his extensive training is what saved his life in this situation.

The suspects took off on foot and are still on the run.  Investigators are trying to determine how they are mobile but cannot confirm if there was a getaway vehicle waiting for the suspects.

They can confirm that the men are armed with semi-automatic weapons and considered very dangerous.

Five people were at the house during the time of the home invasion--one adult male, two adult females, and two children whose ages are not being released at this time.

The male was pistol whipped by one of the suspects and suffered a head laceration.  He was taken to an area hospital for treatment for his injuries.

Nearly a dozen state and federal law enforcement agencies are working with Edinburg police to find these men.

"Last night we had numerous DPS troopers, county deputies," said Lt. Oscar Treviño.  "We have FBI, we have U.S. Marshals, we have ATF, we had all sorts of support from different law enforcement agencies."

Of the 137 officers with the Edinburg police department, more than 100 were in the search area at one point canvassing the neighborhood trying to find the suspects who shot one of their own.

"I didn't call them, they volunteered and came over here because they feel that the officer that was shot is a fellow brother," said Castañeda.  "And they're gonna do everything possible to help us in apprehending the subjects."

One of the suspects is described as a Hispanic male in his twenties to thirties, about 5'6" in height and last seen wearing a white shirt with grey pants.

The second suspect is said to be a tall, slender man, also possibly Hispanic.

These men are considered armed and dangerous.  If you have any information on these suspects, call the Edinburg crime stoppers at (956) 383-8477.
 

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