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Atascosa Co. sheriff, deputies honored for stopping state-wide crime spree

Sheriff David Soward accepted the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award this week on behalf of his workforce.

SAN ANTONIO — The Atascosa County regulation enforcement officers who introduced an finish to a state-wide crime spree have obtained recognition for their work.

Sheriff David Soward accepted the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” award this week on behalf of his workforce. The Sheriff’s Association of Texas offered the consideration at their convention in Fort Worth.

The Atascosa County workforce was acknowledged for discovering escaped Texas inmate Gonzalo Lopez, who had been on the run for three weeks and was accused of killing a household of 5 in east Texas earlier than making his approach to the native space on June 2nd.

A workforce of officers from a lot of native businesses labored collectively to spike the stolen truck Lopez was driving as he entered Jourdanton.

When Lopez crashed and emerged from the truck capturing at deputies with an assault-style rifle, deputies fired again, killing him.

“Everybody was pleased that no officer got hurt, no civilians got hurt, nobody else was killed except the suspect and frankly we just didn’t really care about him.  He had a gun and he was trying to kill us,” Sheriff Soward mentioned in a July interview with KENS 5. “It’s a good feeling when everything goes right and it pretty much went right that night and everybody went home except the bad guy – so I’m grateful.”

The Leon County Sheriff was additionally acknowledged for main the manhunt that began when Lopez escaped from a jail bus.

See extra of Sheriff Soward’s interview with KENS 5 the place he displays on that night time and regulation enforcement’s function locally.

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