A Euless, Texas police officer was killed after a shootout with a suspect at a city park on Tuesday afternoon.
David Hofer, 29, had worked for Euless police since Jan. 2014. He had previously worked for five years with the NYPD.
Hofer was shot after arriving at J.A. Carr Park. The Euless police chief said the suspect opened fire on officers as soon as they got to the park, striking Hofer. The suspect was also shot.
Both the officer and suspect were taken to area hospitals for treatment, where they both died shortly after the shooting, the Euless police chief said. Hofer died while in surgery at Baylor Hospital in Grapevine.
People who lived in the neighborhood next to the park said they heard several gunshots, but they couldn’t see what happened.
“It was kind of scary to hear that pop, pop, pop,” one resident said.
A source inside Euless police said the gunman used a high-powered rifle.
Eric Love grew up in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. When he heard the news, he felt the need to stop by and pay his respects.
“These people get up every day they are moms and dads and this officer isn't going home tonight,” Love said. “You guys are going home, I'm going home it's very very sad.”
Footage from Sky4 showed a heavy first responder presence at the park. Two nearby schools were briefly placed on lockdown after the shooting as a precaution.
Hofer is survived by his fiancé. Hofer graduated in 2008 from New York University.