• The ex-cop also allegedly assaulted someone in an apartment
  • Kyle Lobo had been drinking and was carrying a gun inside the complex
  • When police found the 36-year-old accused, he was holding a child

A former cop from San Marcos was shot dead by Texas police after he pulled a gun on the officers early Christmas morning.

San Marcos police officers responded to a 911 call at around 12:12 a.m. Sunday at an apartment complex near I-35 and East McCarty Lane. A female caller told dispatchers that a man, identified as Kyle Lobo, 36, assaulted a resident in an apartment at the complex. Lobo, who was later found to be an ex-cop with the San Marcos police, had been drinking and was carrying a gun, KSAT reported.

Upon reaching the scene, officers encountered Lobo outside the apartment holding a child. He eventually handed over the child to the woman who had called 911.

Lobo was reportedly shot when he took out a handgun. First responders took Lobo to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pursuant to the policy, officials said. The Texas Rangers launched an investigation into the incident with the assistance of the San Marcos Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Conduct.

Other details related to the incident, including the identities of the 911 caller and child, were not provided by the authorities.

"There was ambulance and stuff coming and other paramedics so at that point I went out. As soon as I turned my hallway corner I saw the caution tape," Neighbour Gloria Montoya told KXAN. "Unthinkable. It was just sad."

"I heard what I thought were fireworks. A rapid succession of many many sounds," said another neighbor Ren Hellickson.

Lobo was arrested in October by Hay's County Sheriff's Office for allegedly headbutting his wife and punching and kicking an 11-year-old child, as per an arrest warrant accessed by KSAT. Lobo's wife told officers he assaulted her multiple times since the beginning of the year.

During an interview with an investigator, the boy also revealed Lobo had punched him twice in the stomach and then kicked him in the back. He voluntarily resigned from the San Marcos Police Department on Oct. 6 and was given a dishonorable discharge the day he was arrested on charges of continuous violence against the family and injury to a child.

A Police car is seen driving close to the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, some 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Dallas
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