New details following an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Edinburg Tuesday morning.
According to a release from McAllen police, officers received a call just after 8 a.m. reporting that a 38-year-old man, later identified as 38-year-old Falcon Rivera, was “having a psychotic break and wants to hurt himself.” Police learned that Rivera “suffers from schizophrenia” and “had stolen her gun.” Police said when they arrived on the scene on the 5200 block of N. 25th St. in McAllen, they found Rivera at the rear of a home and later detained him. The officers also recovered a gun from a yard area where the arrest occurred. Authorities said that the victim reported that there was a shooting inside the home, officers cleared the home and determined that there was no sign of a gun being fired inside. EMS was called to the scene where Rivera was taken to an emergency care facility for medical clearance.
Police said just after 11:30 a.m., Rivera wasn’t cleared and was accepted at South Texas Behavioral Health Center, located on the 2100 block of W. Trenton in Edinburg. Police said that after Rivera arrived at the facility, a responding officer, later identified as Officer Daniel Cruz, was escorting him from his unit. While walking across the parking lot of the facility, Rivera swung his arms, struck Cruz across the face, knocked Cruz to the ground, and attempted to escape from custody. Authorities said Cruz regained his footing, drew his handgun, pursued Rivera and shot at him, striking him in the right foot. Cruz and Rivera were both taken to DHR Hospital for emergency care.
McAllen police added that Cruz is a 19-year veteran at the McAllen Police Department.
Edinburg police will continue their investigation of the shooting as the incident occurred in the city limits.
Edinburg police say the officer involved in the incident is with McAllen police department. The officer was on duty inside city limits.
Authorities say the incident involved another individual. Both the officer and the individual were transported to the hospital with no severe or life-threatening injuries.
Police want the public to know that there is no threat at this time.
Edinburg police are currently investigating an officer-involved shooting at the 2100 block of West Trenton.
According to Sara Rodriguez, spokesman for the Edinburg Police Department, officers were called to the South Texas Behavioral System around noon on Tuesday.
At this time, it remains unclear which agency the officer pertains to.
Rodriguez says no life-threatening injuries have been reported.
This is a developing story and will bring you the latest details as soon as they become available.