Texas Officer Shot, Killed During Traffic Stop


Published 08/25 2014 12:10PM

Updated 08/25 2014 12:14PM

A police chief in a small Texas town was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Investigators say Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel was shot while making a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

Evidence markers were put up as investigators worked to figure out exactly what led to this deadly traffic stop in south Bexar County.

"First I'd like to say that we offer our condolences and are saddened by the death of this fine law enforcement officer."

Pimentel was shot multiple times.

He was airlifted to University Hospital where he died.

"You know on even a quite  peaceful day in south Texas in a small town it can turn deadly in an instant."

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Joshua Manuel Lopez.

Lopez had an active misdemeanor warrant for graffiti.

He will now be charged with the capital murder of a police officer.

"It's a very small agency the chief and a few other officers and reserves.  We have the investigative capabilities to investigate this."

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