By Kyle James  |  02-08-2018   News
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"I am here tonight to let you know that tragically we lost one of our own."

Those are the words of Richardson Police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich who bore the grim responsibility of conveying the death of an officer in the line of duty.

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Police responded to a disturbance call at Breckinridge Point Apartments near E. Renner and North Star roads Wednesday night. When they arrived they immediately encountered gunfire.

A Richardson officer was struck and taken to Medical City Plano where he died hours later. The identity of the officer who was slain has not been released. Police are currently in an active-shooter negotiation with the suspect responsible for killing the officer.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are confirming that we have lost one of our own. Our officer is deceased. We are not identifying him at this time. We ask for your prayers during this tragedy. Thank you.</p>&mdash; Richardson Police (@RichardsonTX_PD) <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardsonTX_PD/status/961462347498958848?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Details surrounding the disturbance call and what led to the shooting have not been released but NBC 5 confirmed a civilian was also shot. That person's condition is also unknown.

Currently, the suspect is barricaded in an apartment unit at the complex and police are working to end the situation. Police advise all residents of the complex and nearby areas to stay inside their homes.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The hearts and soul of Texas mourn with you. Your loss is a loss to all law enforcement and everyone in our great state. Texas will honor the lost officer with the dignity he deserves. May God rest his soul. And may his legacy live on in others&#39; service. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/txlege?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#txlege</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BackTheBlue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BackTheBlue</a> <a href="https://t.co/oEetBYgN6x">https://t.co/oEetBYgN6x</a></p>&mdash; Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) <a href="https://twitter.com/GregAbbott_TX/status/961463873802002432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Texas governor Greg Abbott posted a message on Twitter to commemorate the fallen officer late Wednesday night. Fellow police departments also weighed in on the tragedy and expressed their support for the Richardson Police Department.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts and prayers are with the family of <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardsonTX_PD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichardsonTX_PD</a> Officer &amp; Department in the loss of their Officer. <a href="https://t.co/uPnMP72Lzx">pic.twitter.com/uPnMP72Lzx</a></p>&mdash; Billy Cordell (@BurlesonChief) <a href="https://twitter.com/BurlesonChief/status/961462091218673665?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We extend our condolences to <a href="https://twitter.com/RichardsonTX_PD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@RichardsonTX_PD</a> tonight. We stand in solidarity with all of you. Our 💙 breaks this evening. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThinBlueLine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThinBlueLine</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BackTheBlue?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BackTheBlue</a> <a href="https://t.co/wqaywLW7oB">pic.twitter.com/wqaywLW7oB</a></p>&mdash; Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) <a href="https://twitter.com/ArlingtonPD/status/961466185194885125?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 8, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Source: http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/officer-shot-in-richardson-shooter-remains-at-large/515874893

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