McAllen (Texas) — A police officer is dead and two other officers are in critical condition after a shooting Saturday night that San Marcos police are describing as an “ambush.”
During Sunday’s press conference, officials identified Justin Putnam as the officer who was killed at the scene. The two other officers, Justin Mueller and Franco Stewart, were injured and taken to Ascension Seton Hays in Kyle, where they underwent surgery late on Saturday night.
Mueller has been an officer for 10 months. He previously served as a telecommunications operator with with the department for more than 11 years. Stewart has been with the department for five months. He was previously with McAllen PD for two and a half years.
“Whereas every police officer shooting incident shocks every muscle in our hearts, the shooting death of San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam is especially close to McAllen Police Officers. I, on behalf of the City of McAllen Police Department, extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Officer Putnam and to the Police Corps of the San Marcos Police Department.” said McAllen police chief Victor Rodriguez.
” The law enforcement community prays for their full recovery. We offer their families all that is within our reach to aid, assist and to navigate the nightmare that has confronted them as a result of their loved ones fulfilling their sense of duty. ”
Chief Rodriguez also said officer Stewart served the community while wearing the McAllen Police Department uniform.
“We remain thankful for his service and we stand ready to assist him and his family in his time of need.”