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Elmendorf chief dies in the line of duty

Elmendorf chief dies in the line of duty
Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel, seen here in a March 2013 photo, participates in the first council meeting after his hire a few weeks before.

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August 23, 2014, 4:14pm

Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel is dead, after being shot in the line of duty today. Officials with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office continue their investigation.

During a 3:40 p.m. telephone interview, Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau confirmed the identity of the officer as Police Chief Michael Pimentel. She also said that the suspect, 24-year-old Joshua Manuel Lopez of Elmendorf has been apprehended and is waiting to appear before a magistrate judge in the Bexar County Jail. He will be charged with capital murder of a police officer.

Pamerleau said deputies were called to the scene at approximately 11:34 a.m. after Pimentel had been shot while conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of South First Avenue and East Ninth Street. Lopez was the subject of an active arrest warrant stemming from graffiti charges.

Pimentel was flown from the scene via AirLife helicopter, and was pronounced dead at University Hospital in San Antonio.

“We extend our condolences and sadness to the family of Michael Pimentel and to the entire community of Elmendorf,” Pamerleau said. “Even in a quiet, peaceful community in the middle of the day, things can turn deadly in an instant.”

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Jason Gore  
Floresville, TX  
August 26, 2014 10:11am
When our new operation opened in Elmendorf, Chief Pimentel was one of the first officials to come by and introduce himself. He was a very nice man and would stop by sometimes just to see how things were going. I believe he wanted ... More ›

Serious Thinker  
La Vernia  
August 25, 2014 7:37pm
This is so sad that he had to lose his life trying to protect Citizens. I hope the individual rots in a jail cell until they execute him. Condolencees to the family. This is just horrible.

Pascalle Bippert  
La Vernia, TX  
August 23, 2014 10:45pm
He was such a sweet man. I met him at the local nursing home while he was paying a visit to a resident. Such a loss to our community.

Sandy Bonesteel  
Universal City, TX  
August 23, 2014 8:51pm
This is terrible. My condolences to the family and friends of Police Chief Michael Pimentel.

Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor  
August 23, 2014 8:29pm
Part of a statement today from Elmendorf Mayor Evelyn Lykins: "He embraced the community of Elmendorf not only as its head law enforcement officer but also as a resident. We will miss him. Our Police Department and ... More ›

Black Gold Bonanza  
August 23, 2014 7:59pm
This is a devastating story to hear. My condolences to the family and I hope justice is done swiftly.

Philip Vipond  
Floresville, TX  
August 23, 2014 5:45pm
Michael was a friend of ours. His daughter Malinda is like family to Barbara and I. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pimental family.

Law West of the Pecos  
August 23, 2014 5:27pm
What a sad story. My condolences to the Pimentel family and the entire Elmendorf community.

William J. Gibbs Jr.  
August 23, 2014 4:27pm
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