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One of two Dallas police officers critically wounded in a triple shooting at a Home Depot Tuesday afternoon has died, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Officer Rogelio Santander died at 8:11 a.m. Wednesday after succumbing to his injuries, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said at a morning news conference.
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The 27-year-old is the ninth North Texas officer to be killed in the line of duty in about two years, The Dallas Morning News reported.
The second wounded officer was identified as 26-year-old Crystal Almeida. She and a Home Depot security guard, identified as Scott Painter, were in critical condition after surgery.
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Dallas Police Officers Rogelio Santander and Crystal Almeida were in the same graduating class from the police academy, DPD confirmed.
Santander and Almeida graduated from the police academy together and have been partners their entire time with the department, an officer told NBC DFW.
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Police arrested Armando Juarez, 29, on a murder charge, two charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and two previous felony theft charges. He was taken into custody shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday after a lengthy car chase involving officers of various law enforcement agencies.
According to an arrest affidavit, Juarez was at a Home Depot in northwest Dallas about 4 p.m. Tuesday when he was acting suspiciously and possibly attempting to commit a theft at the store. An off-duty officer was alerted by loss prevention officer Scott Painter, the affidavit said. The off-duty Dallas officer arrested Juarez and confirmed that Juarez had a warrant, the affidavit said. The off-duty officer called for on-duty officers to come to the location to confirm the warrant.
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Crystal Almeida, left, and Rogelio Santander, right, are both three-year veterans assigned to the Northeast Division.
Santander and Almeida arrived at the loss prevention office and the off-duty officer confirmed the warrant in the squad vehicle, the affidavit said.
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