On Saturday evening, Texas Police Officers Edelmiro Garza Jr., 45, and Ismael Chavez, 39, were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance in McAllen. They were both fatally shot by the suspect as they approached the door.
Standing down the street where two McAllen police officers were shot and killed, a visibly distraught Police Chief Victor Rodriguez was pained Saturday in disclosing the details of two of his officers who died responding to a domestic disturbance earlier that day.
Garza had more than eight years of experience as an officer with the McAllen Police Department, while Chavez had more than two.
“The officers never had a chance to suspect a deadly assault on them, much less death, at that moment in time,” McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said during a press conference about the shooting.
When additional officers arrived, the suspect shot and killed himself.
Savannah Chavez, the 18-year-old daughter of Officer Chavez, posted about her grief on Twitter shortly after the news broke.
“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,” Chavez wrote in her heartbreaking tweet, along with photos with her dad.
Though most normal people responded to the distraught young woman with compassion and kindness, the left did not hold back on attacking her.
Many of the shocking and cruel tweets directed towards her were compiled and shared by the Nationalist Review. They included people saying that he “finally became a good cop,” now that he was dead, and worse. Others scolded her for daring to talk about his death, telling her “now is not the time or place” and to “read the room.”
Though she faced a barrage of cruelty, the young woman conducted herself with grace and dignity. It is clear that her father raised her right.
Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released this statement
“This is devastating news to our community. My heart breaks for these fallen officers and their families. They served McAllen bravely and honorably and I will keep them in my prayers.”
Attorney General Ken Paxton released this statement:
“The hearts of every Texan are broken tonight as two of our finest in the City of McAllen Police Department have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We are praying for our frontline heroes in McAllen and around the state. This office stands ready to assist however we can.”