2 Texas police officers were shot dead while responding to a domestic disturbance report in McAllen

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Two McAllen police officers were fatally shot on Saturday after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Two McAllen police officers were fatally shot on Saturday after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

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  • Two police officers in McAllen, Texas, were killed in a shooting after they responded to the scene of a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

  • McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said a suspect opened fire when the officers approached the door of the home, adding that they "never had a chance to suspect a deadly assault."

  • The suspect turned his gun on himself when more officers arrived, and died by suicide.

  • McAllen city officials identified the fallen officers as Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez.

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Two police officers were fatally shot and a suspect killed himself on Saturday in the border city of McAllen, Texas, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday afternoon, and a suspect opened fire as they approached the door of the home, according to McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez.

"The officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly assault on them, much less death, at that moment in time," he told reporters.

He continued: "Our officers did not draw their weapons, did not fire, never stood a chance, never had a chance. They didn't suspect a reason."

Rodriguez said when more officers arrived at the scene to check on the call, they approached the area where the first two officers were down.

Then, Rodriguez said, the suspect exited the home, ignored the officers' calls to put down his gun, then shot himself to death.

McAllen city officials identified the fallen officers as Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez.

"McAllen is hurting & hour hearts & prayers go out to them during this difficult time," city officials said in a statement.

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