MISSION, Texas — 13-year veteran of the Mission PD Corporal Jose Luis Espericueta was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday night. It happened along East Business 83 and Stewart Road at about 8:00. Corporal Espericueta was waived down by a woman claiming her son fired a gun at her vehicle.
Chief Robert Dominguez, Mission Police Department, “Jose Espericueta arrived at the location to assist an initial officer responding in trying to locate the subject. He observed the subject walking at about the 1700 block of East Highway Business 83. Corporal Espericueta then attempted to make contact with the subject but the subject proceeded to run from the officers. As the male subject was running towards the parking lot of Mission Bell Resort he turned around and began discharging a weapon in the direction of Corporal Espericueta, striking him.”
Corporal Espericueta was transported to McAllen Medical Center where he passed away two hours later. The suspect, 33-year-old Juan Carlos Chapa Jr., died last night after being shot multiple times by other officers.
State and local law enforcement agencies from across the Valley gathered around McAllen Medical Center overnight. They caravanned and payed respects to the Corporal.
“On an ideal day, and at times as we see today, this environment can be extremely dangerous. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family first and foremost, and also to our brothers who had the privilege to work along him over the last 13 years.” Said Chief Dominguez.
Corporal Espericueta served the Mission community since 2006. He served as a patrol officer, traffic accidents reconstructionist, commercial motor vehicle operator, and most recently as a supervisory patrol. He was recently featured on Live PD. Shining light on his work for saving a baby locked inside a car.
Corporal Espericueta leaves behind his wife and two kids along with an entire community who thanks him for protecting them. Funeral services for the Corporal are pending.