The Latest: Special Mass scheduled for slain officer

The Latest: Special Mass scheduled for slain officer
The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of two police officers and an employee of a home improvement store in Dallas (all times local):

5 p.m.

A Spanish Mass at the Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Dallas will honor a Dallas police officer killed in a shooting at a home improvement store.

A statement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas says Dallas police officer Rogelio (roh-HEE’-lee-yoh) Santander (san-TAN’-dur) will be honored at the Wednesday Mass at the Cathedral-Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The statement says a photo of the officer will be surrounded by candles “to represent the light the fallen officer brought to the community through his service.”

The cathedral bells would toll 27 times to mark each year of the slain officer’s life. Prayers also were to be offered for Officer Crystal Almeida and store employee Scott Painter, who also were shot in the Tuesday afternoon incident at a Home Depot store. Police Chief U. Renee Hall said Almeida and Painter are both in critical condition but are recovering.

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4:30 p.m.

The shooting of two police officers, one fatally, and of a Home Depot store employee has sent a wave of horror through the home improvement store chain’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta.

Spokesman Stephen Holmes said, “We’re heartbroken” by the incident. He adds that the chain’s leadership team has been actively supporting the family of their wounded employee, loss-prevention officer Scott Painter, and offering counseling to his co-workers.

Otherwise, Holmes said the company is referring to police all questions about the shooting and the run-up to it.

Dallas police Officer Rogelio (roh-HEE’-lee-yoh) Santander (san-TAN’-dur) died Wednesday of his wounds. Police Chief U. Renee Hall said Painter and Dallas police Officer Crystal Almeida were “making remarkable recoveries” from their wounds after surgery.

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1:15 p.m.

An arrest warrant indicates that the man accused of shooting two Dallas police officers, killing one, was detained at a Home Depot store because he was acting suspiciously and may have tried to steal from the store.

The warrant reveals an officer who was working a part-time job at the store Tuesday learned 29-year-old Armando Juarez had an outstanding felony warrant.

Two on-duty officers, Crystal Almeida and Rogelio Santander, were called to the store and, along with a store security officer, were speaking with Juarez in the loss-prevention office.

The off-duty officer stepped away and when the officer returned to the office he found all three on the ground with gunshot wounds.

Police body-camera footage shows Juarez pulling a handgun from his pocket as Almeida and Santander attempted to take him into custody.

Santander died Wednesday of his injuries and Almeida and the store security officer, Scott Painter, were in critical condition.

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12:55 p.m.

Authorities have filed a capital murder charge against a 29-year-old man who investigators say shot a store employee and two Dallas police officers, mortally wounding one.

Armando Luis Juarez was charged with capital murder Wednesday after officer Rogelio Santander died at a hospital. Juarez, who is being held at the Dallas County jail on a bond in excess of $1 million, is facing multiple charges that include aggravated assault on a public servant.

Authorities say Santander and officer Crystal Almeida were called Tuesday afternoon to a Home Depot store to deal with a suspected shoplifter.

An arrest warrant accuses Juarez of pulling a handgun as he was being detained. He shot the officers and a store loss-prevention officer, Scott Painter. Almeida and Painter are in critical condition Wednesday.

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11:25 a.m.

The Dallas police chief says her force is broken hearted following the death of one of two officers shot at a home improvement store.

Chief U. Renee Hall announced the death of officer Rogelio Santander at a news conference Wednesday, saying “this is going to be a trying time for us.”

Hall says Crystal Almeida is recovering. Almeida is the second officer who was shot at Home Depot store in north Dallas Tuesday afternoon.

A store loss-prevention officer, whom Hall identified as Scott Painter, also was shot. Hall says the two are in critical condition “but we are optimistic about what we are seeing with them right now.”

Police arrested the suspected gunman, 29-year-old Armando Luis Juarez, late Tuesday. He is facing charges that include aggravated assault on a public servant.

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10:30 a.m.

The mayor of Dallas says a police officer has died a day after a shooting that also wounded another officer and a home improvement store employee.

Mayor Mike Rawlings announced at a city council meeting Wednesday that officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to his wounds at a Dallas hospital. Santander had been with the police force for three years.

Another officer, Crystal Almeida, is in critical condition, as is a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot who also was shot Tuesday.

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as 29-year-old Armando Juarez, who was apprehended hours later following a police chase.

Juarez is being held at the Dallas County jail on a bond in excess of $1 million. The charges against him include aggravated assault on a public servant.

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8:25 a.m.

Relatives of a man accused of shooting and critically wounding two Dallas police officers and a Home Depot employee say they can’t believe he would be involved in such violence.

Ruben Juarez, the father of suspected gunman Armando Juarez, told The Dallas Morning News, “there’s no way … (he) could’ve done this,” and that he doesn’t think his son even owns a gun.

Armando Juarez’s grandmother, Janie Longoria, told reporters Tuesday that her grandson is a “sweet, lovable person,” but that his friends are a bad influence.

The 29-year-old Juarez was apprehended following the shooting and a police chase Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.

He was arrested in January after authorities say he was found in a stolen vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to a drug-possession charge.

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7:10 a.m.

Authorities say two Dallas police officers are in critical condition, with one described as “gravely ill,” a day after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a home improvement store.

Police officials said in a statement that a Home Depot employee is also in critical condition following the Tuesday afternoon shooting.

Officers Crystal Almeida and Rogelio Santander, both three-year veterans of the force, remain hospitalized Wednesday in Dallas. Dallas police Sgt. Michael Mata told KDFW-TV that Santander is “gravely, gravely ill.” He says Almeida is “severely injured” but “fighting hard.”

Mata says “it’s going to be a tough day today.”

Authorities say suspect Armando Juarez will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant in the shooting. He was apprehended following a police chase late Tuesday.

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11:45 p.m.

Authorities say two Dallas police officers were escorting a man from a home improvement store when he shot them and a store employee.

The shooting occurred Tuesday at a Home Depot in northern Dallas. Police Chief U. Renee Hall says the two officers and the store loss-prevention officer underwent surgery for their injuries.

She did not provide further details but asked for continued prayers for their recovery.

Police have arrested 29-year-old Armando Luis Juarez on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and felony theft. He was taken into custody following a car chase hours after the afternoon shooting.

The two police officers were called to the store to help an off-duty officer with removing the man from the store.

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