One Dallas police officer dies, while other remains in critical condition

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After undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon, one of the officers who was injured in a shooting has died, reports KXAS, the NBC affiliate in Dallas.

Officer Rogelio Santander died Wednesday morning. Officer Crystal Almeida remains in critical condition. Both have been with the Dallas Police Department for three years.  The Home Depot employee who also was shot is also in critical condition.

The two officers and the store loss-prevention officer underwent surgery for their injuries after the shooting at the Home Depot store in the north of the city, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said late Tuesday. She asked for continued prayers for their recovery.

The suspect led authorities on a high-speed car chase before he was captured in a late-night arrest.

Dallas police Sgt. Michael Mata told KDFW-TV early Wednesday morning that Santander is “gravely, gravely ill” and that Almeida is “severely injured” but “fighting hard.”

“It’s going to be a tough day today,” Mata said.

Police arrested Armando Luis Juarez, 29, on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and felony theft. He was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m.

“We got our man,” Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the late-night news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Police were called to the store to help an off-duty police officer to remove Juarez from the store. Police have not said if he was suspected of shoplifting or why he was being ejected from store. Juarez opened fire as he was being escorted from the store and made his escape. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit that led to his eventual arrest.

Rawlings said he remains “upset at the lack of respect for our police in this city and in our country.”

In 2016, four Dallas police officers and a transit officer were shot dead by a sniper in an ambush that came toward the end of a peaceful protest over the police killings of black men in other cities.

Juarez was arrested in January on a charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle after authorities say he was found in a stolen vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to a drug-possession charge.

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