Updated at 9 a.m. Friday, June 21
The person suspected of shooting and killing a Mission police officer Thursday night was also killed in the incident, according to Lt. Art Flores, spokesman for the Mission Police Department.
While it was originally reported Thursday evening that the suspect had been taken into custody, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Flores confirmed Friday morning that the suspect had indeed been killed.
The officer, who has not yet been identified, was fatally shot in the vicinity of Stewart Road and Business 83 in Mission after being waved down regarding an armed person, leaving a community devastated and authorities investigating the circumstances that led to the deadly incident.
Mission police confirmed Thursday that the officer had been taken to McAllen Medical Center and later died.
Few details are known about the shooting, aside from a statement the city of Mission issued on social media, stating that the officer had been waved down “for a suspect with a weapon” and “gave his life protecting us.”
Texas Rangers are currently investigating.
A city news conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday.
Before the officer’s death was confirmed, the city addressed the shooting early Thursday evening, stating “with a heavy heart” that the officer was shot “while protecting our community.”
The city then tweeted another statement following confirmation of the officer’s death, stating: “We’re devastated. It’s w/the deepest sadness we share with you we lost one of our own. …There are no words to explain how heartbroken we are as a community.”
DPS also took to Twitter to express “thoughts and prayers” being with the Mission Police Department, as well as the family, friends and coworkers of the fallen officer. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra shared similar sentiments.
Mayor Armando O’Caña called it “a sad day in Mission” on social media.
“Tonight we lost one of our own,” O’Caña said Thursday on Twitter. “Our Mission Police Officer was shot and killed protecting our Community. Our hearts are with the officer’s family. There are no words. The City of Mission will be fully standing by with the family during this tragedy.”
Editor’s note: This story was updated to remove a photo of the crime scene that, unbeknownst to The Monitor at the time, showed the victim. It was removed upon being notified.