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Man who shot officer at CVS indicted

November 19, 2018

A grand jury has indicted a man accused of shooting a police officer during a July 4 attempted robbery at a CVS pharmacy on the 700 block of Alton Gloor.

Luis Armendariz Jr., 38, is charged with one count of attempt to commit capital murder of a peace officer, one count of aggravated robbery, three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant, six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of theft of property valued between $30,000 and $150,000.

Armendariz is accused of entering the CVS on July 3 at approximately 11:46 p.m. and lingering around for two hours before handing a pharmacist a note at 1:13 a.m., threatening to kill everyone while demanding Hydrocodone, Zolpidem, Alprazolam and Oxycodone, a mixture of pain killer, anti-anxiety and sleep-aid medications.

When the Brownsville Police Department responded to the robbery, Armendariz, who was using crutches to walk, is accused of exchanging gunfire with police, shooting Mario Garza, a 16-year veteran of the BPD, in the leg. Garza has since recovered.

Armendariz was shot in his stomach and leg and was arrested on July 16 after being medically cleared and released from Valley Regional Medical Center.

He remains in the Cameron County Carrizales-Rucker Detention Facility.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com

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