SAN ANTONIO – On Friday, San Antonio police officer Miguel Moreno died from a gunshot wound to the head he sustained in a shootout with two suspects on Thursday.
Police Chief William McManus said Moreno and officer Julio Cavazos, 36, were working Central Patrol Thursday afternoon when they approached two men in the 200 block of Evergreen Street during an investigation into car burglaries. One of the men stopped while the other pulled a gun on the officers and started firing, ultimately striking Moreno in the head and Cavazos in the chin.
McManus said Cavazos dragged Moreno out of the line of fire and returned fire, striking the gunman in the buttocks. Investigators are still trying to determine who fired the shot that struck the gunman in the head, killing him.
Police have not yet released any information on the two men, but said the man that survived is no longer a suspect in the shooting and was cooperative with investigators, telling authorities they had come from Louisiana. The surviving man was arrested on outstanding warrants, but has since been released.
Here's what we know about Moreno...
Moreno is a graduate of Lanier High School
Moreno graduated from Lanier High School in 2002, a district spokesperson confirmed. Moreno played football under the coaching of Don Gaitan while at Lanier.
Lanier High School sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Miguel Moreno, Lanier Grad, Class of 2002. pic.twitter.com/sj9by19lcy— Principal Cooper (@LHSVoks) June 30, 2017
He attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 2006
Online records show Moreno earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2006.
He was a 9-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department
Chief William McManus said Moreno was with the department for nine years. He was assigned to Central Patrol when he died.
Moreno had three sisters and a brother
On Friday, SAPD released a statement saying Moreno is survived by his mother, father, three sisters and brother.
Moreno died Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.
Moreno is the 55th San Antonio police officer to die in the line of duty. Before Moreno, Det. Benjamin Marconi was gunned down while on patrol in November of 2016.
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