DALLAS — One of two Dallas police officers critically injured during an overnight shootout at a Home Depot has passed away in the hospital, officials confirmed Wednesday. The deceased officer has been identified as Officer Rogelio Santander.
Investigators said officers Santander and Crystal Almeida — both three-year veterans — were hit along with a third person, the store’s loss-prevention officer. The employee has yet to be identified.
The suspect, Armando Juarez, 29, was captured Tuesday night after a car chase that started in southeastern Dallas and ended in the northeastern area of the city.
Mayor Mike Rawlings thanked police officers from Dallas and other agencies for their efforts in searching for the gunman.
“Incredible police work,” he said on Twitter. “It sobers us to realize what our officers walk into day in and day out and how quickly they can become victims.”
Police said Juarez was to be charged with at least two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and two previous felony theft warrants. Additional charges may be added, police said.
The incident began Tuesday afternoon after an off-duty officer at the Home Depot called to request backup officers for an arrest.
It’s unclear how the shooting unfolded but authorities began looking for the gunman after he fled in a white pickup truck, police said.
The officers who responded to the call were wounded, police said.