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Alleged Gunman Who Shot Dallas Police Officers In Home Depot Caught After Citywide Chase

Armando Juarez, 29, faces multiple counts of aggravated assault on a police officer.

By Gina Tron

After an intense citywide chase, police on Tuesday caught the man suspected of shooting two Dallas police officers and a security guard in a Home Depot earlier in the day.

Armando Juarez, 29, was arrested and faces multiple counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, according to the Associated Press. He already had an outstanding warrant for felony theft. His bond has been set at over $1 million.

“I want to thank our Dallas police tonight," Mayor Mike Rawlings said at a news conference held after Juarez's capture. “They have taken a punch and they have come out fighting.”

On Tuesday afternoon, officers Crystal Almeida and Rogelio Santander were shot inside a Home Depot, in addition to a loss prevention officer who worked at the store. All three victims required surgery Tuesday night, according to WFAA-TV in Dallas. Santander died at about 8:10 a.m. on Wednesday according to Dallas News. The other two remain in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.

Police had been called to the Home Depot around 4 p.m., after an off-duty officer tried to arrest Juarez with no success. Juarez then allegedly shot in the face and Santander in the head, police said.

Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said Wednesday that both officers are fighting hard to survive, according to NBCDFW. Sadly, one of them succumbed to their injuries.

During the police chase, Juarez allegedly drove his white pickup over sidewalks as he sped through Dallas. He was caught around 10 p.m. Juarez, who is unemployed, worked as a bricklayer and forklift driver in the past, WFAA reported.

"It sobers us to realize what officers walk into day in and day out and how quickly they can become victims," Rawlings said in a press conference Tuesday.

[Photo: Dallas Police Department]

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