Earlier at the Goldwater we carried the tragic, breaking story of an active shooter at large in Texas who killed an officer in the line of duty. Most recently, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has offered condolences online to those involved, their family and on behalf of the whole of the Lone Star State.
<blockquote>"The hearts and soul of Texas mourn with you. Your loss is a loss to all law enforcement and everyone in our great state."</blockquote>
The Richardson, Texas officer died in the line of duty while responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex involving an active shooter. The shooter has since been taken into custody. The officer's death was confirmed around 11 PM. His name has not yet been released as the Richardson police force are still working to notify his family. Just shortly after midnight, police released a statement announcing a second person has died. As of yet, no details about the second victim are yet available.
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Some preliminary reports state police were using a robot to deliver a phone to the shooter in attempt to open up lines of negotiation in order to begin negotiations. A series of blasts were heard from the complex around 11 PM and another volley of fire 15 minutes after that. The gunman has surrendered and been taken into custody. According to witnesses he was heard to be shouting "I'm sorry" as he was taken into custody.
Shortly after midnight, police announced that a second person had died. No details about that victim were released. In addition to the Governor's official statement, police departments across the state have made similar statements of solidarity with the Richardson, Texas
The Richardson active shooter event today was the first death in the line of duty of an officer from the state of Texas. Some find it painfully similar to other fatal police officer shootings that have occurred elsewhere in North Texas in the past years. David Hofer, an officer from Euless, was shot dead in an ambush Spring of 2016 upon coming to the call of an active shooter at a park. Within weeks, officer Matt Pearce of Fort Worth took several bullets while in pursuit of robbery suspects.
Then, in July 2016 four Dallas police officers and a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer took fatal fire while protecting protesters in downtown Dallas. Several others at the scene were also injured. Just last year, in Little Elm, a gunman let loose with what was described as a "hail of gunfire" on police Detective Jerry Walker and accompanying SWAT officers. Walker was the first officer to die in the line of duty in 2017.