There were two police officers who died today in Texas and Maine.
The first: a police officer from Dallas passed away after he was shot yesterday at a Home Depot store. His name is Rogelio Santander, who was an officer for three years.
Two other people were also shot yesterday — another police officer, Crystal Almedia, and a store security guard. They had surgery and is still in the hospital in critical condition, but are recovering.
Police say the gunman is Armando Luis Juarez, 29.
What happened yesterday afternoon? Juarez was held at the Home Depot store for some reason, and when more officers were called to help to escort him out of the store, he shot at the officers and the guard, then escaped in his white truck.
Yesterday evening there was a massive manhunt for him with helicopters and multiple police officers, and he was caught after a chase that was caught on tape. There was a female passenger in the truck.
Juarez is now in custody and has already been charged with aggravated assault on a public officer, and now that an officer has died, he will likely be charged with murder.
The second: an sheriff’s deputy in Norridgewock, Maine, Eugene Cole, was shot and killed by a suspect, John Williams around 1:45 this morning. He then stole his police vehicle and robbed a gas store.
The police vehicle was left behind and found at 5 a.m. Williams is still at large, there is a manhunt for him. Police are warning the public that he is armed and dangerous.
Eugene Cole was an officer for 13 years.
Fox News reported that in 2018, at least 33 law enforcement officers in the U.S. have died while on duty, with 21 of them caused by gunfire.
Prior to the two today, an officer in New Jersey and an officer in Missouri died after they crashed their police vehicles, this happened within the past week.
On April 19, two police officers in Florida were shot in an ambush while they were eating at a restaurant. The gunman was found dead outside of the restaurant. The officers’ funeral was yesterday.