Texas police chief killed in traffic stop

ELMENDORF, Tex. (CNN) — A police chief in a small Texas town was shot multiple times during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon and later died, authorities said.

Michael Pimentel served in Elmendorf, a suburb southeast of San Antonio with about 1,500 residents.

According to Roseanne Hughes, spokeswoman of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Pimentel pulled over a vehicle in a residential area. There was a struggle and Pimentel was shot, Hughes said.

The chief was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he died of his wounds, according to Hughes.

Joshua Manuel Lopez was in custody and is being charged with capital murder of a police officer, said Hughes.

According to Hughes, Lopez had an active misdemeanor warrant for graffiti at the time he was pulled over.

Before he was Elmendorf’s top officer, Pimentel served as police chief of the San Antonio Independent School District, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

A call placed to what is believed to be the Lopez family residence was not immediately returned.


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