Edcouch officer shoots theft suspect four times

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that occurred Sunday morning in which an Edcouch police officer shot a person who was suspected of theft at Dollar General four times, according to the city’s police chief Roel Guerra.

The identities of the officer and suspect in question were not revealed.

Originally, the Edcouch Police Department received a theft report from a Dollar General, located in the 1400 block Santa Rosa Avenue, at about 8:13 a.m., according to the chief. 

Guerra said officers were given a description of a man leaving the store on foot.

The primary officer, Guerra said, noticed a man who matched the description walking southbound on Bowers Street near State Highway 107 and proceeded to make contact. 

“Shortly after, the male subject became aggressive and grabbed a kitchen knife out of his waistband and ran towards the officer to attack him,” Guerra said.

The officer shot the theft suspect “approximately” four times, according to the police chief.

First responders treated the suspect’s gunshot wounds at the scene, then was airlifted to a local hospital. The suspect is in stable condition, Guerra said.