STAR, ID – A suspect on a stolen motorcycle shot an Ada County Sheriff’s Deputy on Monday morning.
The Deputy is in critical condition and there was an active manhunt underway for the suspect. The gunman was described as a dark haired white male in his forties, said Ada County Sheriff, Stephen Bartlett during a press conferences this morning.
Idaho police officer shot:
— Jeremy Harris (@JeremyHarrisTV) July 13, 2020
Prior to his capture he was seen wearing a blue or dark-colored bandana and jeans. He was carrying a tan or camo-patterned backpack.
Here is an updated description of shooting suspect deputies are looking for in the Idaho 16/Beacon Light area: White male, slender build, with short facial hair. He was wearing a puffy dark green jacket and jeans, and a blue bandanna.
— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) July 13, 2020
According to a tweet at 13:53 EST the suspect was located in a corn field near the Idaho 16/Beacon Light Intersection where he turned himself in.
The as of yet unidentified deputy has been undergoing surgery and is listed in critical condition. He was stable prior to being taken into surgery and is expected to make a recovery.
Sheriff Bartlett said that the shooting happened when the Sheriff’s office was notified of a home burglary in Canyon County on Monday morning. A motorcycle was stolen during that burglary.
The deputy who was shot saw the motorcycle and tried to pull the man over but the motorcycle did not stop and lead the deputy on a chase.
The suspect then got off of the motorcycle and fired at the deputy using a handgun. The deputy was struck twice. The deputy fired back but the gunman was not hit.
The gunman ran, leaving the motorcycle behind with the injured deputy. Residents in the area were told to shelter in place during the search.
The Critical Incident Task Force was activated. This task force is comprised of five Treasure Valley law enforcement agencies. These are the Ada County Sheriff’s Office (the injured man’s employer), the Idaho State Police, the Meridian Police Department, the Boise Police Department and the Garden City Police Department. The Boise Police Department has taken the lead in the investigation.
The deputy is being treated at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Authorities have not released information as to where on his body he was shot.
“We are very appreciative of our medical staff that are taking care of our deputy and family,” the sheriff said.
If anyone who lives in the Idaho 16/Beacon light Road neighborhood has information, please call Ada County dispatch at (208) 377-6790
— Ada County Sheriff (@AdaCoSheriff) July 13, 2020
Anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting should call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790 immediately. The sheriff’s office is also asking anyone who lives in the area and has a home video surveillance system to check the footage and alert authorities if anything that could help the investigation was recorded.
The sheriff declined to release the name of the deputy and it is not yet clear if the deputy’s body camera captured any video of the incident.
“All of our staff certainly appreciates the support and prayers and community that has reached out to our office in support of our deputies – thank you very much for that,” said the sheriff.
The identities of the suspected gunman and the injured deputy have not yet been released to the public. Nor, has the condition of the deputy been updated.
Sheriff Bartlett is expected to update the media at a press conference later today as more information becomes available for release.
In the meantime, a girl whose father was killed in the line of duty last week is in need of our help.
MCALLEN, TX– Law Enforcement Today reported on Officer Ismael Chavez, who was murdered this week in McAllen. Savannah Chavez is Officer Chavez’ daughter. Yesterday, she posted on Twitter about mourning the recent loss of her father.
i miss you dad https://t.co/s5Yl89GTmB
— Savannah (@sweeetsav) July 12, 2020
Grieving the tragic and untimely death of her father, Savannah tweeted another heart-felt post, this time saying that her father died a hero and that she loved him.
What happened next was not what she or anyone else would have ever expected.
This is Savannah, the daughter of Ismael Chavez, one of the cops that was shot yesterday. She seems to have deleted her posts grieving her father due to the amount of hate she was getting from “anti-police” accounts.
It’s so sad that she can’t even mourn in peace. pic.twitter.com/tQNTskSdnp
— Roy Cabello (@rowjelli) July 12, 2020
Instead of receiving heart-warming responses from others sympathizing with her loss, a large portion of the replies and quote-tweets were from antagonistic Antifa and Black Lives Matter-aligned accounts mocking her and celebrating the death of her father.
Some even lectured her on how her father wasn’t really a good person.
The tweet became so overwhelmingly hostile that Savannah has since deleted it.
Savannah used the hashtag #bluelivesmatter, which angered some. Aside from saying things like “blue lives do NOT matter,” and “fuck blue lives” to this poor grieving girl, “ACAB,” or, All Cops are Bastards, were also found in many users’ responses to her tweet.
Others responded by saying they were glad to know that her dad had finally become a “good” cop, stating that only good law enforcement officers are the dead ones.
Images, videos, and tweet replies came pouring in.
Shut your effing mouth. This poor girl is grieving. Have some mother effing respect.
— LeahAnaya (@LeahMSAnaya) July 12, 2020
Some users commented to Savannah that this was “not the time” to post on her father’s death.
“not the right time?” Are you kidding me? When is the “right time” to post a tribute to your murdered father?
— Scott Warren (@scottthewarren) July 12, 2020
Savannah was simply mourning the death of her beloved father, the same way many other human beings would do if they were in the same situation.
Instead of respecting that, these commenters made it seem like she had some other choice, as if she should mourn the loss of her father at a later date, when it was more convenient to those protesting against her father’s profession.
Officer Chavez served two and a half years with the McAllen Police department and was 39-years-old when he was shot and killed serving and protecting his community. He was a former economics and chemistry teacher and a loving father.
Today, 2 McAllen Police officers were killed in the line of duty. Our City extends its deepest condolences to McAllen PD & to the families of OFC Edelmiro Garza & OFC Ismael Chavez. McAllen is hurting & our hearts & prayers go out to them during this difficult time#McAllenStrong pic.twitter.com/SpwHe9yxii
— City of McAllen, TX (@CityofMcAllen) July 12, 2020
Here is what the tweet originally said:
“Words cannot describe the pain I’m in, but I’m glad my dad is at peace. You were an amazing man and anyone who ever came across you knew that. I’m going to miss you so much. You died doing what you loved most, you died a hero. I love you daddy. See you soon. #bluelivesmatter”
Officer Chavez and his partner officer Garza were killed while answering a domestic disturbance call Saturday afternoon.
During a press conference, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said:
“The officers were shot by a suspect as they approached the door of a home. The officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly assault on them, much less death, at that moment in time.”
“These are difficult moments. The officers came here to maintain peace. Instead, they were taken down by gunfire.”
Two of our finest were killed in the line of duty while working to protect residents in their community.
I’ve spoken with McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and offered the full support of the State of Texas.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 11, 2020
As Savannah, Chavez’s daughter said, her father is a hero. It is disheartening, disturbing, and unimaginable that she received the heartless and soul-less comments that she did. Below are just a few of the horrible things people tweeted in response to her tweet, and some responses to the hurful ignorance.
How sick in the head do you have to be to talk like this to a girl whose father has just been murdered?
Get help. You are behaving like garbage.
— Frank James ⚒ (@silentd78909988) July 12, 2020
#BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter
— やっぱ鯱だなーっ!柚姫推☆ (@lizabetty89) July 12, 2020
Karma’s gonna be a bitch someday….
— Your #Resistance is futile – but FUNNY🇺🇸 (@DMR0514) July 12, 2020
Savannah’s cousin wrote on Twitter:
“For literally ANYONE that is giving MY cousin sh*t for grieving her FATHER, can literally go to f*cking hell. This man was the most loving and caring person anyone could ever meet! It’s pathetic how people can be so unsympathetic to a girl that is trying to commemorate her father.”
Another person defended Savannah by saying:
“She never said it in response to Black Lives Matter. She said it to honor one man. Her dad. Show some f*cking compassion.”
And again from another person:
“What is wrong with people…sorry for your loss sweetheart. Thank you for your dad’s service, may he rest in peace.”
Due to original tweet being removed, the many other hundreds of comments, even the kind-hearted ones from normal people, can no longer be viewed on Twitter.
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Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s original report on the officers murdered in McAllen.
Horrific news tonight out of Texas, where two police officers were ambushed and killed.
Police say the two McAllen police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty this afternoon by a man who moments later shot and killed himself.
#BREAKING Heavy police activity is happening right now on South Ware Road near Queta Ave. Multiple agencies are on scene as well as Mcallen Crime Scene Unit and dozens of officers and Border Patrol agents. Working to get you details. @cbs4rgv pic.twitter.com/sPZM3dIazW
— Sydney Hernández (@SydneyHdzTV) July 11, 2020
It happened at around 3:30, when the officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home near Queta Avenue and South 35th Street near Los Encinos Park.
Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said that when the officers went to the door of the home, they were immediately gunned down when they tried to enter.
Praying for the ￼families of the McALLEN PD officers who answered their final call today! Prayers going out to everyone affected by this tragedy. ￼RIP! pic.twitter.com/phbWHUUc0j
— Smiley Garza Jr. (@smileygarzajr) July 11, 2020
He said that other police officers drove by to check on the situation, saw what had happened, and also saw a man with a gun.
They screamed at him to drop the gun – but he instead turned it on himself.
The McAllen Police Department identified the officers as Edelmiro Garza, who was an 8 1/2 year veteran, and Ismael Chavez, who had been with the department about 2-1/2 years.
They said the killer was 23-year-old Audon Ignacio Caramillo.
“We have lost two brave public servants who sought only to keep peace in our City,” Rodriguez said via text message Saturday, according to The Monitor.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez is the spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Prayers to McAllen Police Department and the families of the officers involved pic.twitter.com/ibf9HU9tRa
— Hidalgo Co. Fire Marshal’s Office (@HCFireMarshal) July 11, 2020
He said the officers were shot in that area and were transported to area hospitals – but they did not survive.
— KRGV CHANNEL 5 NEWS (@krgv) July 11, 2020
DPS sent troopers to the area to secure the scene after the McAllen Police Department asked for assistance, Olivarez said.
Our prayers and full support are with the valiant men and women of the #CityofMcAllen PD this evening. This office will provide any assistance requested in the days ahead. We are grateful for police in McAllen and around this great state.
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) July 11, 2020
Earlier this week, two officers were shot in Reno, Texas.
A Sheriff”s Deputy and a police officer were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Thursday.
The shooting occurred at 6:12PM while officers were responding to a call in the 800 block of Harris in Reno. The call was placed by a mother who said her son had a gun and was threatening to shoot people.
Officers were shot at as they arrived at the residence of the suspect Lain Christian. A Sheriff’s Deputy was shot multiple times and an officer was shot once in the arm. The Deputy was transported to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth while the officer was taken to Azle Hospital. Both have since been released and are expected to make a full recovery.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement:
“We are grateful our deputy is doing well. We expect him to make a full recovery and we anticipate his return to our team.”
A third officer narrowly missed being shot when a bullet hit his stun-gun holster and absorbed the impact.
Reno Police Chief Tony Simmons told NBC5:
“What goes through your mind when you hear that one of your officers has been shot? It’s, you work with these guys day in and day out. Of course, you’re going to respond as quickly as you can, and hope everything is okay.
We got lucky this time. The world is a dangerous place. This could have turned out a lot different for those officers if things had been just a slight bit different.”
Christian barricaded himself inside of the house once police arrived. A seven hour standoff ensued between Christian and officers from the Reno Police Department, Springtown Police Department, and the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
The standoff ended at approximately 1:40AM when a fire was started inside of the home. Authorities have not yet identified the cause of the fire.
Fort Worth PD, Reno PD, State Troopers, Parker County Sheriff and the FBI are in Reno off Miller and Cardinal trying to get a barricaded suspect to exit a home.
Officers in Reno were called there for a domestic dispute earlier this evening and… pic.twitter.com/z8QrpJsHdF
— Matt Howerton (@HowertonNews) July 10, 2020
The mother of Christian, who placed the 911 call, escaped through a window and received treatment at a local hospital for leg lacerations.
Christian also shot his teen sister, Sierra Christian, to death in the house. The burned body of the 17 year old was found as detectives went through the house Friday morning. Christian was found dead with self inflicted gunshot wounds in the bushes near the home.
Chief Simmons said in a news conference on Friday:
“This was a tragedy. Crime happens everywhere. We never expected this in Reno.”
After the conference Simmons said:
“With everything going on in the world if people realized these officers are protecting you, they don’t have to do this. It was disturbing, to say the least, the officers stood up, did their jobs and protected the public.”
Officials report that the Texas Rangers have now taken over investigations. Information regarding the story is still emerging.
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