LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — Two police officers in South Texas were shot Tuesday while serving a warrant, authorities said, and the suspected shooter was barricaded inside the house, holding officers at bay with multiple rounds of gunfire.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told The Monitor of McAllen that the shootout happened at a house in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya when officers tried to serve a warrant on a murder suspect. He told the newspaper that two officers were shot and the continued gunfire had made their removal difficult.
With the standoff still going on Tuesday night, two helicopters circled over the scene as officers in full tactical gear prepared in a neighboring field filled with dozens of law enforcement vehicles and mobile command centers. Several outbursts of gunfire could be heard throughout the evening.
One, just after 7 p.m., prompted the retreat of an armored personnel carrier. Another burst, shortly before 8 p.m., came from a different location apparently near the police command post. Officers scrambled in a new direction and neighborhood residents and reporters crouched behind cars. Officers moved up another side street with guns drawn outside the perimeter police had established. Another exchange of gunfire followed less than 10 minutes later.
Police said the warrant the officers were serving accuses a 29-year-old man of capital murder in the killing of a Mexican national found dead behind a vacant home in Edinburg last week.