The officer, identified as Richard Houston, was among those responding to the disturbance around 1:40 p.m. Friday, when he was shot multiple times, the Mesquite Police Department said on its Facebook page. The cop was pronounced dead at 2:11 p.m. at Baylor Hospital, the department said.
The suspect was shot once during the altercation, according to the statement.
The alleged shooter is in critical condition at a local hospital, according to WFAA.
It’s unclear who fired their weapon first.
Witnesses told the station they were startled by the shooting.