Armando Juarez has been identified as a person of interest in the shootings of two Dallas police officers. (Dallas Police Department)
April 24, 2018: Dallas Police officers wait outside the entrance of the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, following a shooting at an area Home Depot where two police officers and a civilian were shot. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
Officer Rogelio Santander died at a hospital around 8 a.m., Mayor Mike Rawlings announced at a city council meeting. Santander had worked for the city’s northeast division for three years, police said.
Santander was the second officer nationwide to die Wednesday; a Maine sheriff's deputy was shot overnight by a gunman who stole the officer's car and then robbed a convenience store.
Officer Crystal Almeida was also wounded in the shooting and remained in critical condition Wednesday, Rawlings said. Dallas Police Association President Michael Mata told FOX4 News earlier that she was severely injured, but “fighting hard.”
“It’s going to be a tough day,” Mata told FOX4 News.
A civilian was also “seriously injured” in the shooting, but in “good condition” Mata said. The civilian was a loss-prevention officer who worked at the hardware store, Dallas Police Chief Rene Hall said.
The suspected gunman, 29-year-old Armando Juarez, was arrested after a five-hour manhunt that involved a high-speed chase through downtown Dallas, FOX4 reported.
Juarez faces multiple counts of aggravated assault on a police officer. He was originally sought by police on a felony arrest warrant, authorities said.
The two officers who arrived at the scene were responding to a call from an off-duty officer working at the Home Depot who called for assistance for an arrest, Hall said. The two officers were shot shortly after arriving.
"We were just checking out people until we started hearing people like 'There's a shooting. They're shooting,'" witness Mercedes Goledo told FOX4. "From there, they were just telling us to get out of the building. Get out the building. But then they found out that he had went outside."
In 2016, four Dallas police officers and a transit officer were shot dead by a sniper in an ambush attack carried out during a protest over the police killings of black men in other cities.