San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno, who was shot as he exited his patrol car on Thursday, June 29, died Friday morning, according to the Dallas News.
The incident occurred about 3:40 PM in the 200 block of West Evergreen Street, on the border of San Antonio College. Officer Moreno, along with his partner Officer Julio Cavasos, stopped to talk to two men who were standing near a vehicle that appeared to have been broken into.
Both officers were shot immediately after exiting their patrol car.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said that Officer Moreno was shot in the head, and Officer Cavasos was shot in the chin. Officer Cavasos, despite being seriously wounded, was able to pull Officer Moreno out of the line of fire.
One of the officers was able to return fire, and one suspect was shot in the buttocks. The suspect then sustained a fatal gunshot to the head as he fled, and it's not clear if the coward killed himself or was shot by an officer.
The second suspect was detained by police at the scene. After being interviewed by homicide detectives, he was released. Investigators say that he appeared to have no direct involvement with the shooting.
The dead suspect's name has not been released.
Chief McManus said that Officer Cavasos, who is a nine-year veteran of the agency, was shot in his ballistic vest and has a bullet fragment lodged in his lung. He is listed in serious condition.
The Chief said, "The only thing those officers were going to do is conduct a field contact, that's all they were going to do."
Chief McManus added that the officers only wanted to talk to the suspects about the vehicle break-in, but were not yet considered suspects.
No further details have been released by the San Antonio Police Department.
Officer Moreno was a nine-year veteran of the agency.
In a Facebook post, the San Antonio Police Department said:
"It is with heavy hearts that we share that our brother, Officer Miguel I. Moreno, #1603, succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 1111 hrs.
Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Officer Miguel Moreno, your life mattered.