Officer Down: Detective Mario Moreno
Officer Down: Mario Moreno - [San Antonio , Texas]
Tex. officer killed in shootout while chasing suspect
SAN ANTONIO — An 11-year veteran with the San Antonio Police Department was killed Friday in a shootout.
Authorities say Detective Mario Moreno was struck in the face with a shotgun blast while he and other officers chased a suspect involved in an earlier shooting at an apartment complex.
Moreno, 37, was taken to University Hospital, where he later died. The suspected gunman, who was not identified, was shot and killed by police during the chase.
"I'm heartbroken right now," Police Chief William McManus told the San Antonio Express-News. "It is a stark wake-up call."
Funeral arrangements were pending for Moreno, who leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 3 and 11.
Moreno is the 48th San Antonio police officer killed in the line of duty, authorities said.