EDINBURG, Texas – A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper from McAllen is still fighting for his life in a Valley hospital and the man accused of shooting him is behind bars. UTRGV’s Yulianna Quiroz tells us how the university handled the situation as calls came in saying the suspect might be on campus.
On the night of April 6th UTRGV students in Edinburg didn’t expect the nearby shooting of a Texas DPS Trooper. One student says she was having a friends’ barbeque night. They were all just hanging out having a good time when the message alerts came in.
University Police Chief Raul Munguia says the suspect was never near the campus, but they were called to send out notifications after a person looking like the now accused Victor Alejandro Godinez was spotted.
“Someone here on the campus saw somebody wearing a hoodie and called it in and said, ‘a person matching the description’, so that caused the response to the UTRGV campus.” Said the chief.
The suspect was apprehended later that night but the whole event sparked a bigger conversation on social media. One person shared her thoughts via Facebook saying, ‘A COP WAS JUST SHOT IN EDINBURG HELL YEAH CHEERS HOMIES. Let’s hope for 20 more.’ and in another post stating ‘Sad how many people care more about a dead cop than they do about the millions of lives that have been lost and ruined in their hands…’ After reading these posts, this student tells us that law enforcement should be respected.”
Jesus Yanez, student, “Because there are a few cases that go viral you know, about police brutality, doesn’t mean that every single law enforcement person that you see is a bad person. Usually they’re just trying to do their job and keep everybody safe.”
Chief Munguia says that even though there have been negative opinions towards police, there are still those that express their appreciation.
“I have more people coming up to me, thanking me for what we do.” Said Chief Munguia.
According to DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez is still in critical condition. The accused shooter, Victor Alejandro Godinez, has been charged with three counts of Attempted Murder of a Peace Officer and given a $3 million bond. We reached out to the Edinburg Police Department to comment on the social media conversations, but they did not want to release any statement at this time.
Trooper Sanchez remains in critical condition in the hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with the trooper and his family.