Texas officer suffers fatal heart attack while responding to shooting

Sgt. Lionel Martinez was rushed to the hospital after being found in his patrol vehicle

Duty Death: Lionel Martinez - [San Antonio, Texas]

End of Service: 05/06/2020


Taylor Pettaway
San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — An Alamo Community College officer is dead after suffering a heart attack while responding to a shooting near Crockett Park late Tuesday night.

Sgt. Lionel Martinez was driving near Dewey Place and McCullough Avenue on his way to the shooting just after 10 p.m., when he suffered the heart attack. His patrol vehicle sideswiped a parked vehicle before coming to a stop.

Martinez was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Martinez was trying to respond to a shooting near the 1400 block of Main Avenue at the time of his heart attack.

When additional police arrived at the scene of the shooting, they found 24-year-old Cameron Ellis with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Ellis had been at the apartment with friends when he said he was going over to Crockett Park, police said. About 15 minutes later he returned saying he had been shot.

Police said Ellis was uncooperative at first, but then later was unable to provide any suspect information due to his injuries.

A single shell casing was found in the street where the shooting took place, but officers couldn't find a suspect.

Ellis was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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