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Man charged in Texas police chief's slaying

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 24, 2014 at 4:06 pm •  Published: August 24, 2014
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A 24-year-old Texas man has been charged in the shooting death of a small-town police chief, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Sunday.

Joshua Manuel Lopez faces a charge of capital murder of a police officer in the killing of Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel, said Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes.

Pimentel was shot in the shoulder and abdomen while making a stop Saturday to serve an active misdemeanor warrant for graffiti. He was flown to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators are looking into Lopez's background, Hughes said.

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said Saturday that Lopez had "some kind of history" with the Elmendorf Police Department but she didn't know its nature.

"We're still investigating the circumstances to determine what was the individual's state of mind, what else was going on," she said. "Those kinds of things certainly will come out in our investigation."

Lopez, who was charged Saturday night, remained in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center on a $1 million bond Sunday. Information about whether he has an attorney was unavailable, and attempts to reach relatives were unsuccessful.

Pamerleau said Pimentel had called another officer to "come provide cover" before he approached Lopez. But, she said, the shooting had occurred by the time the officer arrived.

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