Texas Officer Ambushed By Perp Released From Jail Hours Earlier

Texas Officer Ambushed By Perp Released From Jail Hours Earlier

Jorge Brian Gonzalez, who had a lengthy criminal record, was released from jail less than four hours before he killed Officer David Hofer, a Texas police officer, by purposely setting up an ambush to target law enforcement.

DFW Airport Police officer Robert Woodward kneels in front of a makeshift memorial for a slain officer at the Euless Police Department Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Euless, Texas. Officer David Hofer died after he was shot in a Tuesday afternoon gunfight with an armed suspect in a park near a Dallas-area school, police said. Hofer, who previously worked for the New York Police Department, died during surgery. The suspect was also killed. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

DFW Airport Police officer Robert Woodward kneels in front of a makeshift memorial for a slain officer at the Euless Police Department Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in Euless, Texas. Officer David Hofer died after he was shot in a Tuesday afternoon gunfight with an armed suspect in a park near a Dallas-area school, police said. Hofer, who previously worked for the New York Police Department, died during surgery. The suspect was also killed. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Guns reports As law enforcement and local residents mourn the death of a Euless police officer who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon, new details emerged revealing that the 22-year-old suspect was released from jail just hours before the fatal shooting.

Authorities believe Jorge Brian Gonzalez set up an ambush at J.A. Carr Park, purposely firing shots into the air to draw police officers to the area with the intention of killing them.  Gonzalez’s family, who made no excuses for his actions, said he was a violent, dangerous person and wished he would have been held in jail longer than he was.

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According to reports from a local Fox affiliate, Gonzalez, a career criminal with a lengthy and violent rap sheet, was arrested for public intoxication Monday morning just after 11 a.m. The following day, at 11:23 a.m., Gonzalez was released. A short time after being released from jail, he broke into a home, where he stole the guns used in the shooting. Less than four hours later, at 2:45 p.m., police received a 911 call about shots being fired in the park, shots which were fired by Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who was high on methamphetamine, then hid in a drainage ditch and waited for officers to respond. David Hofer was one of the first officers on the scene, and as soon as he arrived, Gonzalez stood up and opened fire, striking Hofer. Other officers on the scene returned fire, striking Gonzalez.

Both Hofer and Gonzalez were transported to the hospital and efforts to save Hofer were unsuccessful. Both were pronounced dead at the same facility.

Hofer was remembered as an excellent officer who cared about the community he was sworn to protect and serve.

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Jennifer Gonzalez, the suspect’s 17-year-old sister, said she and her father remembered Hofer, who, ironically, responded to calls from their home in the past in relation to her brother, who they called David. The family is heartbroken over Hofer’s death, even more so that it came at the hands of David.

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