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.”