At a press conference Thursday spokesman for the Edinburg Police Department Lt. Oscar Trevino reported that Thursday night there was an officer involved in a shooting.
“This is something that was very unfortunate and it was the result of a domestic disturbance,” Trevino said. “As we all know domestic disturbances are one of the most dangerous calls that an officer can respond to.”
Trevino said officers with the department are highly trained for all situations and hope for the best outcome but in turn they are also prepared for the worst outcome.
At approximately 11 p.m. officers responded to the 2900 block of Pablo Street in reference to a domestic disturbance in progress. An alleged suicidal individual had assaulted a female and on arrival officers learned the female had indeed been assaulted.
The suspect, 48-year-old Hunter Alan of Edinburg, had been drinking all day, was highly agitated and also has a history of suffering from mental illness. Officers also learned Alan was under the influence of drugs.
When officers entered the residence they observed the suspect inside a bedroom and immediately noted he was holding a knife against his throat and was threatening to kill himself.
The officers used verbal commands to try and de-escalate the situation with no result and at which point they used a taser on the suspect.
It got to the point where the suspect directed his attention towards the officers and commenced to threaten their lives. He raised his arm with a knife in hand and charged the officers in an aggressive manner in an attempt to stab them.
“The officers had no choice and were compelled to discharge their firearms and use deadly force for their protection,” Trevino said.
The suspect sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transferred to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The officers involved in the incident did not sustain any injuries and are currently under administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation as well as an internal affairs investigation to reassure no policies were violated.
No other information was available as the investigation is still pending.