Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander died this morning after he was shot in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas police chief said today.
A second Dallas police officer, Crystal Almeida, and a Home Depot loss prevention officer, Scott Painter, were also shot during the attack.
They are both in critical condition but are making "remarkable recoveries," Police Chief Reneé Hall said today.
The suspect, 29-year-old Armando Juarez, and a woman were arrested hours after a police chase.
"Crystal is doing amazingly well," Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, told reporters today. "She’s able to move parts of her arms and legs."
He added, "She’s a fighter. The doctors treating her are greatly surprised in the improvements that she’s made in the last 24 hours. We just ask for continued prayers. It’s going to be a very, very long road for her."
Mata called Santander "an amazing young man" who was widely respected in his community.
"We are going to take care of his family. They will for always and forever be a part of the Dallas Police Association and the Dallas Police Department," he said.
Almeida and Santander both joined the force three years ago, The Dallas Morning News reported.
"It sobers us to realize what officers walk into day in and day out and how quickly they can become victims," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday.
Nearly two years ago a sniper gunned down five law enforcement officers in Dallas. That July 2016 shooting was the deadliest day for United States law enforcement since 9/11.
Condolences have poured in from law enforcement departments across Texas and the nation.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Officer Santander's family and the entire Dallas Police Department. Thank you @DallasPD Officer Rogelio Santander for your service. May your memory live on forever. pic.twitter.com/HZ3ikSdFe3— NRH Police (@NRHPD) April 25, 2018
?????? Another HERO DOWN - Ofrc Rogelio Santander of Dallas PD has succumbed to his injuries. He gave his life while serving & protecting his community. Prayers to his family & the entire @DallasPD. #WPPD stands w/you & we hurt w/you. #EOW #RIP #HERO pic.twitter.com/Gj6OWBMHWc— Winter Park Police (@WinterParkPD) April 25, 2018
Prayers for the family of Officer Rogelio Santander and all our brothers and sisters in blue at DPD. pic.twitter.com/LBxyehPALM— Aledo ISD Police (@AledoISDPolice) April 25, 2018
Our thoughts are with @DallasPD and the Santander family as they mourn the loss of Officer Rogelio Santander. We continue to send get well wishes to Officer Crystal Almeida and Loss Prevention Officer Scott Painter, who remain in critical condition. pic.twitter.com/psPunnZmPa— Newport News Police (@NewportNewsPD) April 25, 2018
Our hearts are with the Dallas Police Department as they mourn the loss of Officer Rogelio Santander. Prayers for his family and the entire DPD. pic.twitter.com/THYb2Wz4Rb— Hurst PD (@HurstPoliceDept) April 25, 2018