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Brownsville police say 16-year veteran officer shot on July 4

July 5, 2018

The Brownsville Police Department has identified the officer shot while responding to an aggravated robbery early on the morning of July 4 as 16-year veteran Mario Garza.

Police said on Facebook that Garza sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound to his left leg.

The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, underwent surgery Wednesday morning and is in critical but stable condition, according to the social media post.

In a press release, police said Garza and other officers responded to a report of an aggravated robbery at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Alton Gloor and exchanged gunfire with the man.

The gunfire exchanged happened inside the CVS Pharmacy y Más, which was still blocked off with yellow police tape and road barriers Wednesday.

The suspect was shot in the stomach, according to the press release.

Police Thursday also thanked the community for their support.

“On behalf of the Brownsville Police Department, we would like to thank the community and all the businesses that have offered their support to the Department and the Officer’s family,” police said on Facebook.

Crystal Garza Gonzalez, who identified herself as Garza’s daughter in a Facebook comment on the police’s social media page, asked for prayers.

“just [sic] thank god he [sic] alive & fighting back,” she wrote.

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