A Hidalgo County Sheriff points a rifle from the top of an armored vehicle Tuesday during a standoff with a capitol murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
Law enforcement officers secure a neighborhood during a standoff with a capitol murder in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra talks to the media after a standoff with a capitol murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
Law enforcement personal from multiple agencies gather around a vehicle during a standoff with a capitol murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
La Joya residents watch as a law enforcement officer walks past their home during a standoff with a murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies receive a briefing during a standoff with a murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)
Residents of a La Joya, Texas neighborhood take cover on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, after gunfire erupted during a standoff between a murder suspect and officers. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)
A law enforcement officer moves toward shots fired during a standoff with a murder suspect in La Joya, Texas on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Officials said the suspect was later presumed dead after a final assault on the house. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)
LA JOYA, Texas (AP) — A man suspected of shooting two South Texas police officers during an hours-long standoff Tuesday night is “presumed dead” after officers raided the house he had barricaded inside and exchanged gunfire with him, authorities said.
The 29-year-old capital murder suspect had been spraying bullets toward officers who were outside the house in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya. The man was silenced Tuesday evening after officers rammed the front door, inserted tear gas and exchanged fire, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said.
The man is “presumed dead,” but that won’t be confirmed until a bomb squad establishes that the house is not booby-trapped with explosives, as the man had suggested, Guerra said.
The ordeal began about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday when La Joya police advised police in nearby Edinburg of the sighting of a vehicle matching the description of one related to the killing of 19-year-old Mexican national, Edinburg Police Chief Rolando Castaneda said. The 19-year-old was found shot in the back of the head behind a vacant home in Edinburg last weekend.
Edinburg police responded, along with other agencies that were tracking the vehicle to a La Joya home.
“As our officers were getting out of the car, the suspect … opened up on our officers,” Castaneda said. “One of my officers was shot in the arm. The other officer was shot in both legs and possibly a third time. He’s in surgery right now. They’re all doing fine.
“Arriving officers were able to rescue the two officers, throw them in their patrol car while under gunfire the whole time,” Castaneda said. “Those officers were heroes.”
Armored vehicles were brought in to extract responding officers who were pinned behind their cars by gunfire, said Guerra.
Negotiators were immediately called in and made contact with the suspect, whom Guerra identified only as the capital murder suspect. The man told the negotiators he was ready to surrender.
“However, as he opened the door, he immediately engaged our personnel that were waiting for him to make the arrest,” Guerra said.
“He was contacted again, and he made arrangements to surrender again,” Guerra said. “At that point, again, he engaged our officers with multiple shots. … We decided that he was not going to give up, so we deployed an armored vehicle and rammed the front door and injected tear gas. At that point he came out firing.”
Officers returned fire, and the suspect was presumed dead, Guerra said. The bomb squad was checking the scene late Tuesday.
LA JOYA — A murder suspect shot two Edinburg police officers Tuesday afternoon after barricading himself in a home in south La Joya, Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra said from the scene.
“We’ve got two Edinburg police officers that have been shot,” he said.
Guerra said the shooter, capital murder suspect Joaquin Cibrian, 29, continued to fire from inside the building, making the removal of the officers difficult. Multiple law enforcement agencies are responding to the home near the intersection of Leo Avenue and 9th 1/2 Street.
Edinburg Police announced on Sunday that Cibrian was wanted on capital murder charges stemming from the killing of a Mexican national in Edinburg last week. Police discovered the body of the victim,Gerardo Omar Melendez Verdin, 19, shot to death behind a vacant home.
Edinburg Police spokesman Lt. Oscar Treviño said Cibrian is a confirmed Texas Syndicate gang member and was considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators linked Cirbrian to addresses in Alice and Corpus Christi. Treviño said he “has an extensive criminal history.”
JERUSALEM — Israeli officials said on Tuesday that it was still not clear whether an Israeli soldier missing in Gaza had been captured or had died in combat.
The Israeli military said it had recovered the remains of six other soldiers who were killed in the same incident, but had not found or identified those of Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, a soldier with the Golani brigade who is from Poria, in northern Israel.
The military wing of Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, said on Sunday that it had captured Sergeant Shaul.
A senior Israeli military official said on Tuesday that Sergeant Shaul was definitely among the seven soldiers in an armored personnel carrier that entered Gaza around 1 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle, an M-113 that the official said was 40 or 50 years old, encountered some problem — possibly a mechanical breakdown, or a roadblock or an ambush — and some of the soldiers got out to resolve it, he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity under military rules. The vehicle was then hit by an antitank missile and caught fire, he said, and it was not yet known whether Sergeant Shaul was inside the carrier when it was hit.
Supervising officers who were interviewed after Eric Garner’s death failed to mention the chokehold and told investigators that ‘the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious,’ a preliminary report obtained by the Daily News shows. A recording captures officers violently taking down Garner on Thursday as he cries that he can’t breathe.
See no evil, hear no evil.
Cops heard Eric Garner cry that he couldn’t breathe, a recording captured officers violently taking him to the ground and even Mayor de Blasio said he believes the asthmatic father of six was put in a chokehold.
But an NYPD internal report prepared right after his death on Staten Island last Thursday plays down the incident, with supervising officers failing to note the chokehold and insisting Garner was not in “great distress.”
Sgt. Dhanan Saminath told interviewers that the 43-year-old cigarette peddler was in cuffs with cops “maintaining control of him” and that he “did not appear to be in great distress,” the preliminary report obtained by the Daily News shows.
Sgt. Kizzy Adonis told investigators probing the death that “the perpetrator’s condition did not seem serious and that he did not appear to get worse.”
Despite those words, Adonis also said she “believed she heard the perpetrator state that he was having difficulty breathing,” the report states.
A witness who talked to investigators told of a more violent scene.
Taisha Allen, 36, said she saw the two officers take Garner “by the arms and put him on the ground” and that he “struck his head and shoulder on the ground and was telling the officers he couldn’t breathe.”
She also said an officer in a green shirt — Daniel Pantaleo — “had his knee on Mr. Garner’s back and was ordering him to put his hands behind his back.” He’s the officer who appears to put Garner in a chokehold while taking him down.
Even from Italy, de Blasio said he was fairly sure what transpired.
“As an individual who’s no expert in law enforcement, it looked like a chokehold to me,” de Blasio told reporters.
Newark PD to Be Placed Under Monitor as Feds Find “Pattern of Unconstitutional Policing”
The Newark Police will be put under a monitor, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it issued a report alleging that as many as 75 percent of police stops in New Jersey’s largest city were not legally justified.
Investigators also found use of force by Newark police officers was unreasonable in about 20 percent of all arrests where force was used.
The report concluded that “the black community bears the brunt of NPD’s unconstitutional stop practices,” according to a copy obtained by NBC 4 New York.
The investigation began in 2011 and the Justice Department reviewed thousands of police documents and interviewed officers and commanders as well as residents in drafting the report.
It found black residents were the subject of police stops at higher rates than whites considering the city’s population as a whole. But the report also said more data was needed to make a race-based comparison of police stops to victims’ descriptions of criminal suspects.
The Justice Department report also alleged Newark police under-reported their confrontations with citizens or inaccurately documented those incidents. The report also documented property theft within the department’s prisoner property unit, officials said.
The Justice Department said Newark police cooperated with the investigation and Newark’s new mayor announced earlier this month that reforms were being implemented.
United States Attorney Paul Fishman said Newark’s residents “need to know the police protecting them are doing that important — and often dangerous — work while respecting their constitutional rights.”
The report calls for improved training and supervision of officers, more intense review of use of force cases, clear practices for police stops, improved data collection and more rigorous procedures for safekeeping personal property among other steps.
The city agrees in principle to the findings, documents show. There will be court-enforced independent monitoring of the reforms moving forward.