Developments on officer involved shooting in San Benito

SAN BENITO — The fatal shooting of a San Benito man Friday resulted after an officer attempted to make a traffic stop.

Ricardo Treviño III, 21, was shot by police after he led them on a chase, authorities said.

The incident occurred after a San Benito police officer attempted to make a traffic stop at 3:07 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of East Expressway 83.

“The driver refused to stop and evaded law enforcement in his vehicle,” Department of Public Safety Trooper Johnny Hernandez said in a news release Saturday. “The suspect eventually stopped near a cul-de-sac north of Ranch Park Road.”

Once the suspect arrived at Ranch Park Road and Maya Street, he drove toward a law enforcement vehicle and struck it head-on, Hernandez stated.

“Officers discharged their firearms, and the suspect was fatally wounded,” the release read.

Several questions remain unanswered.

Investigators have not said why the officer was attempting to pull over Treviño’s vehicle.

Also unclear is which officer fatally shot Treviño and how many officers fired their weapon.

“No further information will be released,” Hernandez stated in a follow-up email. “That’s part of the investigation.”

Precinct 5 Constable Eddie Solis said late Friday night that his office called the San Benito Police Department. But Solis has declined to comment further, referring questions to San Benito police and the Texas Rangers.

San Benito city spokeswoman Martha McClain issued a statement Friday night.

“The incident began with a call for service for the San Benito Police Department that included several members of the department,” McClain said in the statement. “The officers involved have been placed on administrative desk duty as per policies and procedures where fatalities are involved.”

San Benito Police Chief Michael Galvan did not answer phone calls.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.