Dallas police officer dies day after shooting

DALLAS (AP) - The mayor of Dallas says a police officer has died a day after a shooting that also wounded another officer and a home improvement store employee.

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Mayor Mike Rawlings announced at a city council meeting Wednesday that officer Rogelio Santander succumbed to his wounds at a Dallas hospital. Santander had been with the police force for three years.

Another officer, Crystal Almeida, is in critical condition, as is a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot who also was shot Tuesday.

The two police officers were called to the store to help an off-duty officer with removing a man from the store.

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as 29-year-old Armando Juarez, who was apprehended hours later following a police chase.

Juarez is being held at the Dallas County jail on a bond in excess of $1 million. The charges against him include aggravated assault on a public servant.

Relatives of a Juarez say they can't believe he would be involved in such violence.

Ruben Juarez, the father of suspected gunman, told The Dallas Morning News, "there's no way ... (he) could've done this," and that he doesn't think his son even owns a gun.

Armando Juarez's grandmother, Janie Longoria, told reporters Tuesday that her grandson is a "sweet, lovable person," but that his friends are a bad influence.

The 29-year-old Juarez was apprehended following the shooting and a police chase Tuesday. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.

He was arrested in January after authorities say he was found in a stolen vehicle. He also pleaded guilty to a drug-possession charge.

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