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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 9:30 pm

EDINBURG — Police arrested a man and woman Friday after an Edinburg policeman suffered “non life-threatening” gunshot wounds was released from McAllen Medical Center.

With the investigation ongoing, the Edinburg Police Department released basic information on the officer who suffered gunshot wounds late Thursday night. Many details will remain confidential, including the policeman’s name, until further notice, said Lt. Oscar Treviño.

Responding to an unspecified disturbance, the policeman drove to the 800 block of South 20th Avenue about 11 p.m. Thursday, Treviño said, and knocked on the door.

“He arrived at location. He was there for the disturbance. He knocks on the door and the individual opens the door and immediately opens fire on him,” Treviño said, adding that the policeman took cover, returned fire and called for backup.

The assailant shot the policeman with a semi-automatic weapon, Treviño said, striking both legs and the patrolman’s department-issued radio. Police haven’t disclosed exactly what type of weapon the attacker used.

Officers arrested a man and a woman Friday night and investigators anticipate more arrests in connection with the shooting, Castañeda said.

The two in custody are set to be formally charged Monday, the chief said. They are expected to be charged with attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Castañeda declined provide details about the two in custody or the pending arrests, citing the open investigation.

“We are actively searching for them,” Castañeda about the pending arrests.

Police early Friday morning had initially said the officer responded to a domestic disturbance at the house — but that information had changed by daybreak.

“What it turned out to be was a home invasion in progress,” said police Chief Rolando Castañeda.

Following the shooting, local, state and federal lawmen arrived to assist the Edinburg Police Department. They canvassed nearby neighborhoods seeking evidence and potential witnesses.

Agents from the FBI, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived to assist, Treviño said, along with deputies from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office and fellow officers from the Edinburg school district.

Edinburg police officers were seen walking the neighborhood with flashlights, looking for evidence related to the crime. Others slowly drove the streets in police cruisers, spotlights shining in the search, stopping to talk to neighbors outside.

Neighbor Yvonne Rocha, 46, heard three shots and then three more about 11 p.m., she said.

“Then I heard somebody scream really loud,” Rocha said. “I heard him say ‘My kids! My kids were in there and that’s not right!’”

People who said they were relatives of the family at the property where the shooting occurred declined to comment. Multiple young children were seen inside their car, but it’s unclear whether they were there during the shooting.

Neighbor Ismael Garcia, 45, said he counted even more gunshots.

“I heard about 10 shots and then a pause and then three to four more shots, and I came outside and could hear somebody running away” east on Sprague Street, he said.

While deeply troubling, the shooting isn’t something that should alarm Edinburg residents at-large, Castañeda said, and the city remains safe from any imminent threat.

“This was an isolated incident,” Castañeda said. “We will do everything possible to apprehend the

suspects.”

dhendricks@themonitor.com, jtaylor@themonitor.com, kantonacci@themonitor.com

 

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