Gov. Abbott orders Texas flags to fly at half-staff in honor of fallen San Antonio officer
AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) - Following the death of San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno on Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags to be lowered to half-staff to honor the fallen officer.
“This is a sad day for the San Antonio community and the entire state of Texas, as we mourn the death of Officer Miguel Moreno,” says Abbott.
San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus says Moreno, 32, and Officer Julio Cavazos, 36, were working what is called "directed patrol" north of downtown San Antonio near San Antonio College Thursday. They were in that area to investigate reported car burglaries when they saw a car that looked like it had been broken into.
The two officers saw two people and stopped to talk to them. McManus said as soon as Moreno got out of the car on the driver’s side, one of the suspects walked toward him and the other immediately shot at him.
Moreno was shot in the face and went down immediately. Cavazos came around the car to Moreno's aid and was shot in the chin.
Cavazos was able to return fire, shooting one of the suspects in the backside as he ran away. That suspect was later found dead and was shot in the head. Initially, police were not sure whether he shot himself or was shot by police. The Bexar County medical examiner ruled Andrew C. Bice's death a suicide Friday.
The flags will remain lowered through July 3.
“This senseless act of violence against two courageous and committed law enforcement officers demonstrates the risk our men and women in blue face every day," Abbot added. "We owe Officer Moreno and Officer Julio Cavazos a great debt of gratitude for their service and bravery in the face of danger. Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of Officer Moreno, the San Antonio Police Department, and all those effected by this terrible crime.”