Michael Brown, chief of police in Euless, Texas, said on Wednesday that the man accused of murdering Euless police officer David Hofer had fired weapons at a local park and waited in hiding to "ambush" responding officers.
"It is our belief based on the facts known to us…that the suspect took this position to ambush the responding officers," said Brown.
Jorge Brian Gonzalez, 22, had been arrested multiple times throughout his young life and had been arrested just a day before the fatal shooting of Officer Hofer.
Police believe that after Gonzalez was released from jail on Tuesday morning he burglarized a local home and stole numerous guns. Police also believe that he then went to J.A. Carr Park and fired multiple shots in order to inspire police to respond to the scene.
Gonzalez allegedly then hid in a drainage ditch and waited for police to arrive. When Officer Hofer arrived, he noticed Gonzalez and approached the suspect. Gonzalez then opened fire, mortally wounding the 29-year old police officer.
Chief Brown said of Gonzalez, "In my honest opinion, he was there to do as much damage to responding officers as he could possibly do."
The family of Gonzalez, obviously distraught, did not understand why the suspect had been released from jail the day of the shooting, believing him to be still under the influence of drugs.
Jorge Antonio Gonzalez, the suspect's father, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “It's their fault. Why would they let him out when he was on that stuff?
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