UPDATE: TUESDAY, AUG. 18 at 11:00 A.M.
In a tweet released Tuesday morning, the Weslaco Police Department identified the shooter as 27-year-old Marco Antonio Sigala Jr.
UPDATE: MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2020 at 5:10 P.M.
The Texas Rangers will be taking over the investigation of an officer-involved shooting in Weslaco that left the male shooter dead.
The Texas Rangers will be taking over the investigation of Monday officer-involved shooting in Weslaco that left the male shooter dead.
Multiple law enforcement officers arrived to the Walmart in Weslaco on the corner of North Texas Boulevard and Frontage Road in reference to reports of a man with a rifle dressed in black at the store, Weslaco police Chief Joel Rivera said Monday.
Officers with the Weslaco Police Department and deputy constables arrived at the scene within minutes and evacuated the store, Rivera said.
“We believe the suspect entered Walmart through the north side entrance, had a confrontation with a customer and ended up pointing a gun at a customer,” Rivera said, adding that the investigation is being corroborated by video and witnesses. “He made his way to the back of the store, officers made contact with him.”
When officers made contact with the unidentified male suspect, the suspect became “irate and distraught” and refused to show the officers his hands, according to Rivera
“He then produced a handgun, the suspect fired at officers and officers returned fire,” Rivera said.
The suspect was killed and won’t be identified by police as his next of kin has yet to be notified of his passing, Rivera said,
Police are asking that the customer who had a confrontation with the victim to come forward so police can question the customer on the investigation.
“We believe that customer left the Walmart prior to our arrival,” Rivera said. “That customer needs to come forward, he is an important part of the case.”
The department is not expected to provide any more updates on the incident today, Rivera said.
Weslaco police and other law enforcement are at a Walmart on the corner of North Texas Boulevard and Frontage Road in reference to an active situation after several social media posts reported a person with a firearm was spotted inside the Walmart.
The Weslaco Police Department declined to confirm details of the scene but posted in a tweet sent at 4:10 p.m. that an “incident involving a shooting at Walmart” is under investigation.
This is a developing story.
The incident involving a shooting at Walmart on N. Texas is still under investigation. Media, a press conference will be held at the Academy parking lot in WESLACO at 4:30.
— WeslacoPolice (@WeslacoPD) August 17, 2020