The Latest: Police chief: Texas man hid, ambushed officers
EULESS, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a North Texas police officer who was shot and later died (all times local):
Police say a North Texas man burglarized a house, stole a cache of firearms that included rifles and handguns, fired gunshots in the air, hid in a drainage ditch and ambushed responding officers.
Euless (YOO’-lehs) Police Chief Mike Brown told reporters Wednesday that Officer David Hofer, who was among the responding officers, spotted movement in the ditch and ordered the person to come forward. Brown said 22-year-old Jorge (HOHR’-hay) Brian Gonzalez then rose and opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Hofer before the other officers brought Gonzalez down with multiple gunshots.
Brown said Gonzalez had been arrested on a public intoxication charge on Monday and was released late Tuesday morning after being sentenced to community service. Brown said Gonzalez did not appear to be intoxicated at his court hearing.
The family of the man who they say fatally shot a Texas police officer describe the 22-year-old as a drug addict who was released from jail the same day the shooting occurred.
Jorge Antonio Gonzalez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1oPzdH1 ) that his son, Jorge Brian Gonzalez, was high on methamphetamine when he was jailed Monday for stealing money.
He says his son was released Tuesday and then hours later engaged in a firefight with officers at a park in the Dallas suburb of Euless. Twenty-nine-year-old officer David Hofer was struck before other officers shot and killed the gunman.
Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the shooter. A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
The elder Gonzalez told the newspaper that Hofer had been called to the family’s apartment before and knew his son.
A North Texas police department has identified the officer who was fatally wounded in a shootout with a suspect.
Euless (YOO’-lehs) Police Chief Mike Brown identified the officer as 29-year-old David Hofer, who died during surgery after the Tuesday afternoon shooting.
Brown said Hofer served in the New York Police Department for five years before coming to Euless in 2014. He was a 2008 graduate of New York University.
Brown said Hofer was one of the officers who responded to a report of shots fired near J.A. Carr Park, which is in a residential area near an elementary school. He says the suspect opened fire, fatally wounding Hofer, before his partner returned fire and killed the suspect.
The suspect’s identity hasn’t been released.