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May 2020 Blues Vol 36 No 5

May 2020 Blues Vol 36 No 5

Hero Down: San Marcos

Hero Down: San Marcos Police Officer Justin Putnam Murdered In Ambush Attack San Marcos Police Officer Justin ing immediately, and there was self, according to the chief. Putnam was murdered in the nothing they could do to escape None of the gunman’s family line of duty on Saturday night. the gunfire.” members were injured during San Marcos, TX – San Marcos SMPD Officer Franco Stewart the incident, WITI reported. Police Department (SMPD) Officer and Officer Justin Mueller were Officer Putnam, 31, died of Justin Putnam was murdered also wounded during the vicious his wounds at the scene, KXAN in the line of duty as he was attack, KEYE reported. reported. responding to a report of a domestic They were rushed to Ascension “We lost a fine young man, a disturbance on Saturday Seton Hays in Kyle, where they faithful officer and friend last night. night,” Officers were said in Chief Klett the SMPD said in a Facebook in law enforcement make every Abbott said. “I ask all Texans to responding to a release. a press post on Sunday. day to keep us safe,” ABC News join Cecilia and me in praying for Texas Governor Greg Abbott reported. the officer killed and for those 911 call “He understood said that Officer Putnam’s murder serves as a “sobering retion of the San Marcos Police De- safety of all law enforcement “I am grateful for the swift ac- injured, and for the continued regarding a man what it minder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women and minimizing the loss of life,” munities.” partment in containing the threat officers who protect our com- who had took to allegedly police hit a won- his wife derfully and was diverse threatening communi- other ty like San family Marcos.” members, Officer WITI reported. both underwent surgery, the Putnam served the SMPD for over San Marcos Police Chief Bob SMPD said in a Facebook update five years, KEYE reported. Klett said that the gunman, on Saturday night. “I never imagined this could 46-year-old Alfredo Perez Delacruz, Officer Mueller and Officer happen. He was so strong,” his opened fire on the officers Stewart are now stable, but re- sister, Kelsea, told the news with a rifle as they arrived at the main in critical condition, KEYE outlet. Twin Lakes Villas Apartments reported. Officer Putnam, the son of an at approximately 6 p.m., KEYE “The officers had their body Austin firefighter, was planning reported. armor that they normally wear,” to marry his fiancé in November, “As they entered, he ambushed Chief Klett said. “I’d like to men- KXAN reported. them,” Chief Klett said tion that part of his preparation “Words can never adequate- as he held back tears during a for the officers coming in, the ly express our profound sorrow press conference on Sunday. “He suspect did as well.” for Officer Putnam’s family and was prepared, ready for them After shooting the three officers, loved ones. To say he will be to come in and started shoot- Delacruz fatally shot him- missed is an understatement,” 18 The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE The BLUES POLICE MAGAZINE 19

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