Undocumented immigrant identified as shooter who ambushed San Marcos police officers

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May 13, 2020 - 7:52 am
San Marcos Police fallen and wounded officers

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (Talk1370.com) -- Officials say the shooter behind last month's deadly ambush that claimed the life of a San Marcos police officer and wounded two others has been positively identified.

The Texas Rangers say Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz was the person who shot and killed San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam and wounded Officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller on April 18. The officers were responding to a 911 call for a domestic disturbance on the southwest side of San Marcos, when they were ambushed by DeLaCruz with a rifle. DeLaCruz was wearing body armor, and then took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

DeLaCruz was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who had been in the country since the late 1990s. According to the Rangers' investigation, no additional criminal record for DeLaCruz has been found.

"We continue to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Texas Rangers for their diligent work on this case and to our neighboring law enforcement jurisdictions and the community for their support and assistance as our SMPD family recovers from this tremendous loss," said Interim Police Chief Bob Klett.

Klett said in a statement that both Stewart and Mueller have been released from the hospital and rehab facilities, and are recovering from their injuries. Funeral services for Officer Putnam have been postponed until a later time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Donations are still being accepted for the wounded officers and Officer Putnam's family. Those can be made online at www.smcpaaa.org/donations-putnam-mueller-stewart.

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