Three Laredo police officers are recovering in San Antonio after a shootout left a murder suspect dead on Friday. Two of the officers underwent surgery on Saturday morning and all three are in stable condition.
The Laredo police chief came to San Antonio on Saturday morning and says that the officers and their families are in good spirits. He also said that the prognosis for all three officers is good.
It all started on Friday when officers responded to a call about a homicide in Central Laredo around 11 a.m. Police had a description of the suspect and his vehicle and were able to pull him over around 5 p.m.
The suspect, 55-year-old Antonio Geraldo Rodriguez, was wanted for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reyna Gonzalez Zamora, at her apartment earlier that day.
Rodriguez began shooting at the officers after the traffic stop. Three officers were injured from gunfire, a fourth had minor injuries.
The suspect was neutralized from gunfire and was later pronounced dead at a Laredo hospital.
“Unfortunately, to some extent, it has become more part of the job than not. I would just like to say, in Laredo, we have a great community,” Laredo Police Chief Claudio Trevino said. “These are not things that happen commonly, and we don’t expect them to be so. But we are prepared to face those threats as police officers every day we face those potential threats.”
Laredo officer Agapito Perez, 33, was airlifted to University Hospital where he underwent surgery on Saturday morning due to a gunshot to his face. Arturo Vela, 50, is a 20-year veteran of LPD and also underwent surgery for a gunshot to the leg.
Mario Casares, 49, is a 19-year veteran of the department and was taken to SAMMC. He suffered a gunshot wound to the torso but did not require surgery. He is currently under observation.
Chief Trevino says that he expects to stay in San Antonio until the end of the weekend to offer his support to the officers and their families.