Chief of Police Michael Pimentel
Elmendorf Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: August 23, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Elmendorf Police Department
214 Bexar Drive
San Antonio, TX 78228
Phone: (210) 635-8710
Chief of Police Michael Pimentel was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle in a residential area near the intersection of 1st Avenue and 9th Street at approximately 11:30 am.
A struggle ensued during the stop and Chief Pimentel was shot multiple times. He was flown to University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.
Bexar County deputies responded to the scene and took the suspect into custody.
Chief Pimentel had previously served as the police chief of the San Antonio Independent School District Police Department.
ELMENDORF, Texas — Elmendorf police Chief Michael Pimentel died Saturday as a result of gunshot wounds he suffered in the far southeast part of Bexar County.
A witness told KENS-TV she saw Pimentel go down in the middle of the street after being shot by a young resident of the small city. The woman, named Jennifer, said the pair got into some sort of altercation before three shots were fired.
The chief, who was in his 60s, was airlifted to University Hospital by medical helicopter.
Deputies arrived at the scene and took a 24-year-old suspect into custody. He’s been identified as Joshua Manuel Lopez, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Susan Pamerleau was called to the scene. She said the shooting stemmed from a traffic stop that went awry. Pamerleau confirmed the identity of the deceased police official, adding that he was a devoted husband and father.
Officials said the shooter would be charged with capital murder of a police officer. A witness said the suspect is a neighbor and has a history of mental illness. The sheriff said Lopex had an outstanding warrant for graffiti, but couldn’t confirm whether that was a factor in the fatal shooting.
The incident happened near East 9th Street and South 1st Avenue at around 11:40 a.m. Elmendorf, with a population of less than 600 people, sits near the Bexar-Wilson county line, just inside S.E. Loop 1604.
The Chief of the Elmendorf Police Department was killed while executing an arrest warrant Saturday morning, according to police.
Michael Pimentel was gunned down just before noon near 1st Avenue and 9th Street where he had been waiting for the man named in the warrant to come outside the house to arrest him, according to Sgt. Jason Burchett, who is now the acting police chief.
Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said the suspect, identified as Joshua Lopez, 24, is in custody. He will face a charge of capital murder of a police officer.
Burchett said Pimentel was shot twice, once in the shoulder and once in abdomen. He did not provide details as to how exactly the shooting occurred.
Alderman Polo Maldonado and Alderwoman Linda Pena Ortiz confirmed the chief, who was flown to University Hospital, had died from his injuries.
"I know the chief has passed away, and our city attorney and our city administrator will be preparing a statement for the media," Ortiz said, adding that she didn’t want to elaborate. "It’s like a nightmare for all us."
Sean Salter, CEO of Airlife, said his dispatch office received a request for transport from the Harmony Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Service at 11:39 a.m. and arrived at the scene 20 minutes later.
"He (Pimentel) had a gunshot wound and was severely injured," Salter said.
The San Antonio Police Department expressed condolences to the family of the fallen officer in a Facebook post hours after the shooting. The post, however, did not identify the chief.
Pamerleau said the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation into the incident.