Dallas police officer dies after Home Depot shooting


One of two Dallas Police Department officers shot at a Lake Highlands Home Depot has died a day after the shooting.

The officer was identified as 27-year-old Rogelio Santander. He's the first Dallas Police Department officer to be killed in the line of duty since the 2016 ambush in downtown that left four DPD officers and one DART officer dead.

"We come before you this morning with broken hearts," said Chief Renee Hall, as she announced Santander's death late Wednesday morning.

Santander and fellow Officer Crystal Almeida, 26, were shot when they responded to a call Tuesday afternoon at the Home Depot store in North Dallas. Both have been with the Northeast Division for three years and graduated in the same class at DPD's training academy.

Scott Painter, a loss prevention officer at the store, was also shot.

"We are happy to report that Officer Crystal Almeida and our loss prevention officer, Scott Painter, are making remarkable recoveries," Hall said. "They are still in critical condition but we are optimistic."

The person of interest, identified as 29-year-old Armando Juarez, was taken into custody after a police chase that ended off Lemmon Avenue at about 9 p.m. Tuesday near Dallas Love Field.

Bond for Juarez has been set at $1 million, according to jail records.

The incident began Tuesday afternoon after an off-duty officer at the Home Depot called to request backup officers for an arrest.

It's unclear how the shooting unfolded but authorities began looking for the gunman after he fled in a white pickup truck, police said.

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