Man guns down TX town police chief during traffic stop

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Elmendorf, TX, United States (4E) – The police chief of a Texas town died on Saturday after being shot by a man he stopped in traffic.

Michael Pimentel, who is in his 60s, died at 12:40 p.m. at the University Hospital, where he was airlifted from the crime scene near South First Avenue and East Ninth Street, said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.

The shooter, Joshua Lopez, 24, was arrested by deputies who arrived at the crime scene and will be charged with capital murder of a police officer.

Pimentel was shot in the shoulder and abdomen around 11:40 a.m. and the suspect has mental illness, , said Elmendorf acting police chief Sgt. Jason Burchett.

Pamerlau said there was an active graffiti warrant for Lopez when Pimentel stopped him in traffic. Lopez then shot Pimentel.

The shooting is under investigation.

Pimentel served as the Chief of the Elmendorf Police Department for over a year.

Town Mayor Evelyn Lykins said the community will miss Pimentel, who worked to more effectively serve the citizens of Elmendorf and to provide a safer and more efficient work environment for his officers.

Pimentel is the fifth law enforcement officer to die in Texas this year, said Steve McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to Mysanantonio.com.

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