AUSTIN (KXAN) — Support is pouring in Saturday morning for the Austin Police Department after senior officer Jorge Pastore was killed and another was injured in the line of duty.
The incident began just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning and turned into a SWAT situation, APD confirmed to KXAN, which resulted in an officer-involved shooting.
Mayor Kirk Watson said the injured officer was in surgery as of around 8:30 a.m., and a procession was held starting from Dell Seton Medical Center for the fallen officer.
Details are limited at this time as to what exactly happened, but city and state officials quickly took to social media to show support for the department and its officers. Below is a compilation of statements gathered honoring the officers involved.
Mayor Kirk Watson
“My heart and the hearts of Austinites are broken this morning. This is a horrible moment for our city and those who protect us. I’m praying for the family of our fallen officer, for our officer who was shot and in surgery and his family.
We rely on brave people who are in harm’s way when they are serving us. We should never lose sight of that. This event jarringly brings home that truth. The danger and potential loss is not theoretical — it’s very, very real.
I thank these courageous public servants and ask that our community hold them close, support them, respect them, and lift them up in prayer.
And let us all come together as we deal with this loss.”
Gov. Greg Abbott
“Hearts across Texas are grieving with the family and loved ones of the Austin Police Officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty early this morning, as well as another who faces a long journey to recovery. This tragedy is a reminder of the great risks and selfless leadership our law enforcement officers exercise every day to serve and protect their communities. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in lifting up in prayer the family and loved ones of the officer who was killed, the officer undergoing surgery, and the entire Austin Police Department during this difficult time.”
APD Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson
“I’d also like to highlight the incredible bravery displayed by our officers day in and day out. I could not be more proud of their heroic actions.”
“Our officers put their lives on the line every day serving the people of Austin. But that fact makes it no less devastating when we lose someone in the line of duty.
Our Police Department is still in the early stages of investigating what happened early this morning but, for now, our hearts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the officer who lost his life, and our fervent prayers are with the officer in the hospital for his full recovery.
This is a crushing blow for the sworn and civilian members of the Austin Police Department. The bonds there are tight and run deep. We are here to support them during this difficult time of grief and loss.”
“Please pray for this family and the Austin Police Department this morning. Very tragic.”
Austin Police Association President Michael Bullock
“We lost a warrior today. Officer Pastore gave his all to this department until the very end – fighting to protect this city from evil. He died running into the unknown to save others. Another officer recovers after having been shot following his brother into that unknown. Each and every call we go to, we know may be our last. But what makes this profession and our department incredible is that officers, like Pastore, stare down the unknown and push into the fray. We ask that you please keep Officer Pastore’s family and our department in your thoughts and prayers as we honor his life and sacrifice.“
“The Austin Firefighters stand with our Brothers and Sisters from Austin Police. This is a terrible tragedy, we pray for you and we mourn with you.”
“Today, our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of one Austin Police Officer and pray for the swift recovery of another injured in the line of duty. Their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with their families and the entire law enforcement community.”
“Heartbreaking news this morning as one of our members and Austin Police Officer was tragically killed and another injured. We’re praying for @Austin_Police, family and friends who are grieving, and for the strength and recovery of the injured officer.”
Austin Councilmember Mackenzie Kelly
“My heart goes out to the families of the officers who have been affected by the devastating events that unfolded today. The unwavering dedication and sacrifice they made in their service to the community will always be remembered and deeply valued.
Mayor Watson, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continuous efforts in keeping us informed during this incredibly challenging and sorrowful time.”
“My deepest condolences to the families of the fallen officer and victims of this horrible crime. @Austin_Police place their lives on the line daily to protect our communities. I share your grief and wish our injured officer a full recovery.“
“I am shaken this morning by the loss of one of our brave APD officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our collective safety and I pray for a full recovery of the other officer still in surgery. Our community stands united in support of their families, friends, and brave colleagues in this senseless tragedy.”
“Such terrible news. Praying for the family, friends, and colleagues of this APD officer who was killed and other who was injured.”
Austin Councilmember Alison Alter
“My thoughts are with the families and colleagues of the two officers who were tragically shot in the line of service this morning, and I am hoping for a full recovery for the officer still in surgery. I am deeply grateful for their courage and their service to our community.”
Central Texas Public Safety Commission President Eddie Margain
“Today, our hearts ache for the loss of a courageous Austin Police SWAT Officer in the line of duty, and our prayers go out to another officer currently undergoing surgery.
We owe an immense debt to all public servants who willingly put themselves in harm’s way for our safety. This sacrifice is a stark reminder that we, as a community, must do our part to support and respect our officers.
We must work to honor their dedication and, as a community, do whatever we can to support the families and all first responders during this difficult time.
The Central Texas Public Safety Commission wants to express our support for police and city leadership. We stand ready to work with Mayor Watson, Chief Henderson, and the entire Police Department to ensure they have the support needed in these challenging moments.
Thank you for standing with our public safety officers and continue doing everything you can to support their dedication to protecting this great community.”
Travis County District Attorney’s Office
“On behalf of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, all our hearts break for the fallen officer, the wounded officer, and the victims involved in the tragic incident this morning. We are praying for their families and the speedy recovery of the wounded officer.
We are grateful for all of the members of APD who work tirelessly to keep our community safe, especially during these difficult times.”
Travis County Attorney Delia Garza
“Earlier this morning, I spoke with Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson to share our condolences for this horrible tragedy and offer our support in the coming days. We are praying for all affected and are grateful every day for the heroic efforts of our police officers.”
“The Bee Cave Police Department extends its deepest condolences to our law enforcement family of the Austin Police Department for the loss of their S.W.A.T. Officer this morning. Please keep the fallen Officer’s family, the injured Officer, and the victims of this incident in your thoughts and prayers.”
“The Cedar Park Police Department sends our deepest condolences to the entire @Austin_Police after one of their officers was killed in the line of duty.”
“We express our sincere condolences to our partners at the Austin Police Department as they grieve the loss of one of their own. We also send our thoughts and prayers to the injured officer who is still in the hospital.”
“Our hearts are with the Austin Police Department. One of their officers were tragically shot and killed in the line of duty this morning.”
“The Leander Police Department send our deepest condolences to the families of the officers who were tragically killed and injured this morning in the line of duty. We also stand with our brothers and sisters of the Austin Police Department as they mourn the loss of their fellow officer, and we pray for the injured officer.”
“We send our heartfelt condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Austin Police Department who mourn the loss of one of their officers who was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty this morning.”
“We send our heartfelt condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Austin Police Department this morning with deep sorrow.”
“We offer our deepest sympathies to our colleagues and friends at APD for their tragic loss. We extend hope and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured officer and hold both families in our hearts.”
“Like many of you, we received the heart breaking news this morning, on the loss of one of our Austin Police Department brothers in blue. Our hearts mourn for the APD officers involved, their families and coworkers. Please take a moment to reflect on this tragic event and remember that life is short and we should cherish every moment with the ones we love. Please keep the brave men and women of the Austin Police Department in your thoughts and prayers as they grieve this tragedy.” – President Jacob Bentura
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Austin Police Department during this difficult time following the loss of one of their own. Our sincere condolences are extended, and we will be forever grateful for their selflessness, bravery, and dedication.”
This story will be updated as more statements are released.