Suspect arrested in fatal shooting of Texas police officer

Cpl. Jose Luis Espericueta. (City of Mission photo/CNN VAN photo)
Cpl. Jose Luis Espericueta. (City of Mission photo/CNN VAN photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 21, 2019 at 6:12 AM CDT
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A Texas police officer has been shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a man whose mother notified police after her son fired at her car.

Mission police Chief Robert Dominguez says Cpl. Jose Luis Espericueta died at a hospital Thursday night the 33-year-old suspect shot him.

Dominguez told reporters Friday that the woman waved down a passing officer to notify police of her son's behavior.

Espericueta and other officers later found the suspect walking along a road.

The man fled but then turned and fired at the officers, striking the corporal.

The suspect was shot multiple times and later died at a hospital.

Espericueta, a 13-year veteran of the department, was married with two children.

"We are beyond devastated," police said in a post on its Facebook page.

"It is with the deepest sadness we share with you that we lost one of our own. Our officer was shot when he was waved down for a suspect with a weapon. He gave his life protecting us. There are no words to explain how heartbroken we are as a community," the post said.

"Please take a moment to pray for his family and all our law officers during this senseless tragedy.

Mission is in far south Texas, just west of McAllen.