Updated May 20, 2018: Dallas Police officer Crystal Almeida, who was shot April 25 while responding to a call in northwest Dallas, returned home from the hospital Saturday.
One of the two Dallas police officers shot in the line of duty Tuesday has died from his injuries.
Officer Rogelio Santander, 27, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital after he underwent surgery Tuesday night. He was a three-year veteran of the force, according to Dallas Police.
“We come before you this morning with broken hearts and we regret to inform you that Officer Rogelio Santander, Badge 10934, has succumbed to his injuries,” Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said during a news conference late Wednesday morning. “We’re asking you [to] continue to pray for the family and the DPD family.”
What are the details?
Santander and fellow officer Crystal Almeida responded to a call Tuesday afternoon at a Home Depot store in North Dallas, KTVT-TV reported. They were called to assist a loss-prevention officer who was trying to remove a man from the store.
When the officers arrived, the man being removed from the property pulled out a gun and shot the Dallas officers and Scott Painter, the loss-prevention officer. It’s not yet clear what prompted the suspect’s removal from the store.
The suspect Armando Juarez jumped inside a pickup truck and escaped.
Police searched for the suspect who was later spotted in southeast Dallas and led officers on a chase through downtown and several neighborhoods, WFAA-TV reported.
Juarez drove recklessly onto sidewalks and across yards. He also reportedly fired at police during the pursuit.
The chase ended near Dallas Love Field airport where dozens of police swarmed the 29-year-old suspect into custody shortly before 10 p.m.
How are the victims doing?
All of the victims underwent surgery Tuesday night.
“We are happy to report that Officer Crystal Almeida and our loss-prevention officer, Scott Painter, are making remarkable recoveries,” Hall said. “They are still in critical condition, but we are optimistic.”
Authorities charged Juarez with aggravated assault on a public servant and two previous felony theft warrants. Charges are expected to be upgraded. He is being held on more than $1 million bond.