UPDATE | Dallas mayor: 1 officer has died after Home Depot shooting


DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer died today after a shooting that wounded another officer and an employee at a home-improvement store, the city's mayor said.

Mayor Mike Rawlings was presiding over a city council meeting when he announced the death of Rogelio Santander, a member of the police force for three years. Santander, officer Crystal Almeida and a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot were shot Tuesday by a man identified by police as 29-year-old Armando Luis Juarez.

The police officers and the store loss-prevention officer underwent surgery for their injuries after the shooting in the north of the city, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said late Tuesday.

Almeida and the loss-prevention officer, who hasn't been identified, were in critical condition today.

Police arrested Juarez after a high-speed car chase. He's in Dallas County jail on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and felony theft. He was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m.

"We got our man," Rawlings said at a late-night news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

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DALLAS (AP) — A man who shot and critically wounded two Dallas police officers and hurt an employee at a home-improvement store led law enforcement on a high-speed car chase before he was captured in a late-night arrest.

The two officers and the store loss-prevention officer underwent surgery for their injuries after the shooting Tuesday afternoon at the Home Depot store in the north of the city, Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said late Tuesday. She asked for continued prayers for their recovery.

Authorities today identified the injured officers as Crystal Almeida and Rogelio Santander, both with the police force for three years. They are in critical condition, as is the Home Depot employee who also was shot. All three underwent surgery.

Dallas police Sgt. Michael Mata told KDFW-TV that Santander is "gravely, gravely ill" and that Almeida is "severely injured" but "fighting hard."

"It's going to be a tough day today," Mata said.

Police arrested Armando Luis Juarez, 29, on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and felony theft. He was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m.

"We got our man," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at the late-night news conference at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Police were called to the store to help an off-duty police officer to remove Juarez from the store. Police have not said if he was suspected of shoplifting or why he was being ejected from store. Juarez opened fire as he was being escorted from the store and made his escape. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit that led to his eventual arrest.

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