Texas Police Officer Killed In Shootout Following Chase

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A South Texas police officers has been shot and killed after an hours-long chase. This started late yesterday on South Padre Island. The pursuit went miles to Brownsville and then ended with a shootout at a gas station. An officer from the San Benito police department was killed in the shooting. Two people are in custody.

"Hearts across Texas grieve with the family and loved ones of the San Benito Police Officer whose life was tragically taken while protecting his fellow Texans," said Governor Greg Abbott. "This senseless act is a solemn reminder of the selfless risks our law enforcement officers take every single day when they put on the badge. I thank the Texas Department of Public Safety, the San Benito Police Department, and all law enforcement involved in the swift apprehension and arrest of the criminals so justice can be served. Please join Cecilia and me in praying for this brave hero's family and the entire San Benito community during this heartbreaking time."

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