Texas Border City Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty

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A police officer in Mission, Texas, succumbed to his injuries after being shot while responding to a call of an armed suspect. Authorities arrested a suspect.

The shooting took place on Thursday night near the intersection of Business 83 and Stewart Road in Mission, when a concerned citizen flagged down an officer in regard to a man carrying a weapon. Mission is west of McAllen and is one of several Texas cities directly north of Reynosa, Tamaulipas.

When the officer tried to approach the suspect, he fired and tried to flee. The wounded officer was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition, but ultimately died.  City Mayor Armando O’Cana took to social media to announce the passing of the officer and express his condolences.

Details of the shooting and the identity of the suspect have not been released, however, Mission Police officials confirmed the suspect was arrested and the Texas Rangers were asked to assist in the investigation.

City officials called for a meeting on Friday afternoon, where they are expected to release additional information. Check back on this story for updates as they are available.


The City of Mission released the name of their fallen officer during a press conference Friday afternoon. Jose Espiricueta died as a result of his injuries during a shootout with Juan Carlos Chapa.

Ildefonso Ortiz is an award-winning journalist with Breitbart Border / Cartel Chronicles. He co-founded the Cartel Chronicles project with Brandon Darby and senior Breitbart management. You can follow him on Twitter and on Facebook. He can be contacted at Iortiz@breitbart.com

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