Posted: Jul 22, 2014 6:18 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2014 6:18 PM
LA JOYA, Texas (AP) Two police officers in South Texas were shot Tuesday while serving a warrant and the suspected shooter was barricaded inside a house, authorities said.
The wounded officers were outside the house but had not been removed because gunfire is continuing, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra told The Monitor of McAllen. The shootout happened at a house in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya when officers tried to serve a warrant on a murder suspect, he said.
With the standoff still going on Tuesday night, two helicopters circled over the scene as officers in full tactical gear prepared in a neighboring field filled with dozens of law enforcement vehicles and mobile command centers. Just after 7 p.m., a fusillade of gunfire erupted, prompting the retreat of an armored personnel carrier.
The warrant the officers were serving accuses a 29-year-old man of capital murder in the killing of a Mexican national found dead behind a vacant home in Edinburg last week.