Update: DPS trooper shot Saturday out of surgery

Suspect apprehended following multi-agency manhunt

Law enforcement officers examine a pickup truck at the scene of a shooting Saturday night near Freddy Gonzalez Drive and North 10th Street in the Edinburg-McAllen area. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

Updated at 9 a.m.

Victor Alejandro Godinez

DPS confirmed via Twitter in the wee hours of Sunday morning that the trooper shot Saturday night was out of surgery and stable, but in critical condition.

12:51 a.m.

The city of Edinburg has reported via its Facebook page that the suspect believed to be involved in the shooting of a DPS trooper has been arrested and is in the custody of Edinburg police.

This activity reportedly took place sometime after 12:30 a.m. east of Mon Mack Road and 107. The city had previously asked residents to stay indoors and “lock doors and window.”

DPS has also confirmed the arrest via Twitter.

12:22 a.m.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper has been shot tonight just east of North 10th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg, according to law enforcement authorities at the scene of the incident.

McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez confirmed the shooting via text message Saturday evening.

The trooper is reported to be in surgery at a Edinburg hospital after being shot twice.

DPS confirmed the identity of the suspect believed to be involved in the shooting as Victor Alejandro Godinez, 24, of Edinburg, and urged the public to call the DPS communications center in Weslaco at (956) 565-7600 if anyone has information about his whereabouts.

A University of Texas Rio Grande Valley emergency notification reported that the suspect is in the vicinity of the UTRGV Edinburg campus.

“Heavy police presence in the area,” the notification read, citing information shared with university police. “Shelter in place and avoid the area of the Edinburg campus if possible.”

According to a DPS statement issued at 10:54 p.m., preliminary investigation has found that the trooper approached the scene of a crash at 8:45 p.m. and was shot while encountering a person suspected to be the driver of a vehicle involved in the crash.

“The trooper located who we believe to be the driver near the 1500 block of South Maltese Street in Edinburg,” the statement read, further noting that the suspect had fled the scene of the crash on foot. “At some point after making contact with the suspect, the trooper was shot. The trooper has been transported to a local hospital.”

DPS confirmed that the suspect may still be in the area and asked the public to stay clear of North 10th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg.

Bystanders have reported that a nearby restaurant, Cordon’s Taste of Chicago, was on lockdown following the shooting and that multiple agencies, including the Edinburg and McAllen police departments as well as DPS, have responded. Other passersby reported seeing tactical units, including a SWAT team converge in the area.

Law enforcement officers search the area near the shooting of a state trooper near North 10th Street and Freddy Gonzalez Drive in Edinburg. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)

What’s more, bystanders said they witnessed several vehicles, including a white Ford F-150, abandoned near the side of the road, and believed that the suspected shooter may have crashed a vehicle while attempting to flee the area. Investigators have also been seen looking inside one vehicle, a pickup truck, with its doors open.

Edinburg police said that law enforcement officers are canvassing different neighborhoods in the area of the shooting looking for the shooter.

“DPS is working with local law enforcement agencies to locate the suspect,” the DPS statement read. “This is an ongoing incident and no additional information is currently available. Updates will be released as we have more information.”

A tweet from DPS earlier tonight urged the same precautions.

Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra also tweeted at 11:32 p.m. that the trooper was still in surgery and “fighting for his life.”

The sheriff also asked for prayers for the trooper.

Check back for updates.

Law enforcement officers examine a white Ford pickup truck at the scene of a shooting involving a state trooper near Freddy Gonzalez Drive and North 10th Street in Edinburg. (Joel Martinez | jmartinez@themonitor.com)