LA JOYA (July 23, 2014) A man who shot two Edinburg police officers who were serving a warrant was found dead after authorities assaulted the house in which he was barricaded with the wounded officers in La Joya, Hidalgo County sheriff's Commander Joel Rivera said Wednesday.
The man sprayed bullets Tuesday night at officers who surrounded the house.
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said the man was silenced Tuesday evening after officers rammed the front door, inserted tear gas and exchanged fire.
Guerra said earlier the man was "presumed dead," but the death wasn't confirmed until a bomb squad cleared the house of booby-trapped explosives the man said he'd rigged.
The two wounded officers and six others who were pinned down by gunfire were rescued.
The wounded officers, who weren’t identified, are expected to recover, authorities said.
Edinburg police officers were serving a capital murder arrest warrant when the gunfire erupted Tuesday, Guerra said.
The continued gunfire was making it difficult to reach the wounded officers inside the house, he said.
The warrant names Joaquin Cibrian, 29, who’s charged in the shooting death of a Mexican national last week in Edinburg.
Police discovered the victim, Gerardo Omar Melendez Verdin, 19, behind a vacant home.