An Austin, Texas police officer was fatally shot early Friday at a Walmart.
The officer was responding to a call about a drunk man in the store around 2:30 a.m. KUT News reported that the man immediately began to fight the officer once he arrived and then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol. He shot the officer at point blank range in the neck area and he died on the scene.
This was a routine call, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told The Associated Press. What makes our job deadly is that there is no routine call.
The suspect was tackled by two Walmart employees and the store was locked down until another officer arrived to arrest the man, who is still in custody. No one else was hurt.
Acevedo praised the employees' actions to The AP, saying they did all they were supposed to do. He also said store video captured the whole incident.
Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee expressed sympathy for the officer's family and colleagues to The AP, and said the company is proud of staff at the store.
Although the officer's name was not released, he leaves behind two young daughters.
Acevedo told KUT News that the Austin Police Department intends to step in to make sure his family's needs are met and he would like to see the shooter face murder charges.
Police do not believe the shooting was connected to an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening, in which another Austin officer shot and killed a motorist.