Officer Rogelio Santander Murdered, Officer Crystal Almeida Still Fighting

Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander has succumbed to his gunshot wounds, and Officer Crystal Almeida is...

Dallas, TX – Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander, who was shot in the line of duty at a Dallas Home Depot store on Tuesday, succumbed to his injuries at 8:11 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.

Dallas PD Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, and Home Depot loss-prevention officer Scott Painter were also shot by the gunman, and were listed in critical condition on Wednesday morning, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the death of Officer Santander, 27, during a scheduled city council meeting, KTVT reported.

“It is with great sadness that we must inform you that officer Rogelio Santander, Badge#934, passed away at 8:11 this morning from his injuries,” Rawlings said. “We ask that you please continue to pray for officer Santander’s family and our department as we all try to cope with this loss.”

The officers and Painter all underwent surgery after the shooting. A source told KTVT that Officer Santander was shot in the back of the head, while Officer Almeida was shot in the face.

Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata said that Officer Almeida was “out of the darkest part,” but that she “still has a long ways to go,” The Dallas Morning News reported.

“[She] is still in serious, serious condition,” Mata explained. “She is fighting. She is doing better than they expected.”

Both officers joined the Dallas Police Department on the same day, approximately three years ago, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The incident happened at the Home Depot on Forest Central at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, when Painter noticed 29-year-old Armando Luis Juarez acting suspiciously inside the store.

The suspected shoplifter was detained by an off-duty Dallas police officer who was at the scene. The off-duty officer then learned that Juarez had an active felony theft warrant, so he contacted Officers Santander and Almeida to confirm the warrant status.

When the officers arrived, the off-duty Dallas officer went to Officer Santander’s patrol car to look at the warrant, and to confirm that Juarez was the same individual.

The off-duty officer was headed back to the Home Depot’s loss-prevention office, when he heard “shots fired” come across the police radio, The Dallas Morning News reported. He then found the officers and Painter lying on the ground with gunshot wounds.

Bodycam footage from one of the officers showed that Juarez drew a handgun as the officers tried to arrest him, court documents said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Juarez fled the scene in a white pickup truck, prompting an immediate manhunt.

Police spotted the suspect’s vehicle several hours later, and pursued Juarez and his female passenger until they cornered him in a residential neighborhood near the Dallas Love Field Airport, KTVT reported.

Juarez crashed into several vehicles and a fence during the pursuit, and at times drove through yards and over sidewalks, KDFW reported.

“We got our man,” Rawlings confirmed during a late-night news conference, according to KTVT.

“On behalf of the city council and citizens of Dallas, I want to thank our Dallas police tonight. They have taken a punch and they have come out fighting,” Rawlings added.

Juarez has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, and was being held on $1.1 million bond.

His female passenger was also taken into custody, but it was not clear whether or not she was facing any charges, KDFW reported.

Juarez’s father, Ruben Juarez, said he did not believe his son was responsible for the attack, and that he did not believe he even owned a firearm, The Dallas Morning News reported.

"There's no way my son could've done this," he said.

Juarez’s grandmother, Janie Longoria, agreed.

"He's a very sweet, sweet, lovable person," Longoria said. "He doesn't carry a gun. He doesn't have a gun."

Our thoughts and prayers remains with the families of the wounded heroes and the Dallas Police Department.

Comments (35)
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gfc1963
gfc1963

Why is this piece of shit still alive?? Shoots three people and he gets what?

Gayle Mitchel
Gayle Mitchel

Family's response is always the same for these thugs, isn't it? We need to have an automatic death penalty for cop killers. No pleas, no bail, no appeals.

Susan K
Susan K

Death penalty is needed.

3dogs
3dogs

So sad for all 3 shot and the death of one of them, their families also have a rough road ahead of them . Death penalty should most definitely be imposed !! Sorry for his fellow officers . God bless them all!

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

RIP, Officer Santander. May justice be done for your senseless death.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

This makes me physically sick to my stomach! Condolences to the family and friends of these officers. God Speed!

LEO0301
LEO0301

In time I'm sure the family of the shooter will be posting pictures of him in his high school graduation gown and the name of the attorney they hired to sue the police department for tarnishing the name of their good boy who could never have shot two police officers.

yankeeinsouth
yankeeinsouth

He's a good boy loves his mama he Dindu Nuffin they should have shot him instead of arresting him

Danimyl
Danimyl

"He's a very sweet, sweet, lovable person," Longoria said. "He doesn't carry a gun. He doesn't have a gun." Body cam say's you are wrong

PauletteBoston
PauletteBoston

Oh and he had plans to get his G.E.D. onche straightened his life out. Bottom Feeder!

allforpolice
allforpolice

RIP Officer Santander God speed. Prayers for Officer Almeida. As for the shooter Death Penalty!

allforpolice
allforpolice

Prayers for Painter as well.

Patriotdave
Patriotdave

Amen! In fact we need to reinstitute public hangings. Putting people to sleep and then stopping their heart in a little private room doesn't have the crime stopping power as a public hanging. If people started witnessing how gruesome a hanging was, they might think twice about committing murder. If nothing else it would be something to do on a Saturday afternoon. But all kidding aside, this piece of garbage surely rates a public hanging. And soon. None of this letting the criminal have multiple appeals over years of time. It needs to be quick and final.

Hotchefjcc
Hotchefjcc

So the felony warrant for the shooters' arrest must also be a mistake? Of course.....

Hotchefjcc
Hotchefjcc

Prayers for the police officers and the security officer. Thank you for trying to protect us. 🙏🙏🙏

bbg
bbg

freakin sickening !!!... public hanging sounds great .. after one testicle gets shot at a time !!.. Cant imaging how the DPD family feels ..how you go on... walking and knowing some pathetic piece of garbage ..whose grand ma thinks he was an angel .. Really??? ..she goes with him !!.. I cant pray enough for all the families of those affected by this spineless freak !!!!

Dances_With_Skunks
Dances_With_Skunks

Exactly Danimyl, but of course, they (or their lawyer) will dispute the body cam, saying it was all a set up, or edited, or it wasn't him in the video, it was someone who looks like him. He only took off and hit other cars, but he was a good boy. I call BS. I'm tired of this crap. I'm NOT a LEO, but I did attend at least ten LEO funerals and had two LEO's close to me commit suicide from PTSD. I may only be a 60 year old small female, but I would gladly give my life to save any LEO's or first responder. We are allowed to carry here, and I've noticed that decent folks here carry - not like the damn criminals and gang bangers in California where I grew up, and lived most of my life. I'm tired of this targeting of our LEO's.

Tfontenot
Tfontenot

This makes my heart hurt in so many ways.....prayers to these young officers and their families.....

Snarla
Snarla

Parents with blinders on, my God pay attention to your kids and what they are doing, he had a record! What do you mean he was a good kid and wouldn't do this. Where were you when he go in trouble previously? and what did you do???? Idiots!!!!

ec0113Ret
ec0113Ret

RIP Officer... may the suspect get into the express lane for the chamber

gunner55
gunner55

I wonder if this miscreant is a legal resident.

Guahancop68
Guahancop68

I haven't seen the details on the investigation but know the Dallas Police Department is crossing the t's and dotting the i's so that the suspect in this case ends up getting the death penalty. RIP to our brother and prayers for our sister who is fighting for her life. Prayers for both and their families!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Agree 100%!!! It needs to happen to all murderers! No more of this life in prison crap or 15-20 years on death row filing stupid appeals!! Way back in the colonial days, punishment was very severe for just lying or stealing. Even adultery was a punishable crime. Criminals today are treated like babies in nursery school with just a slap on the wrist and then the tax payers support them for the rest of their lives. Do you know it costs between $30,000 - $70,000 a year per prisoner?? They get better healthcare then our seniors, vets and disabled get. There a lot of seniors trying to live on less than $20,000 a year and have to pay out of pocket for their medical and prescriptions. It's a damn shame.
If we could start hanging a lot of these criminals and stop welfare waste/fraud, we'd save a ton of money!!

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Daddy and grandma of the suspect better realize that Armando shot and killed a Cop and attempted to kill another one and Loss Prevention Officer. They didn’t make that up.

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Law Enforcement Officers

Coroner1
Coroner1

It never ceases to amaze me that families say stuff like "he's a sweet, sweet boy" WITH A FELONY WARRANT OUT ON HIM! REALLY?!? Enter in different officers and criminals names but it is the same old story, and I am tired of reading it. Glamourizing the shooting is just making it look like it is "open season" on LEOs. They are humans who play by rules with cheaters who are palming cards.

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

GOD bless those officers....I am praying for them....I think it is time for OFFICERS to start using their guns more often.....this is getting way out of hand....let the mobs complains....who cares....BLUE lives are more important than TWO BIT criminals.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Jetranger206
More policing has never ever worked.

Better policing has though, tough guy.

John-Brown
John-Brown

You don't have a clue about policing. More and better policing always works.

Molon Labe 1789
Molon Labe 1789

That will only cost more lives of LEO'S so I have to disagree....God Bless EVERY Officer watch over them and protect them let them see that most do respect them in and out of uniform no Husband, Wife, Father, or Mother should have to get that call that they're loved one was shot in the line of duty or otherwise

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@John-Brown
Better policing yes, more policing? No.