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  • 24 August 2014, 12:12

Texan Police Chief Shot Dead During Traffic Stop

The police chief of a small town in southern Texas has been killed allegedly by a motorist after the suspect's car was stopped.

Michael Pimentel died of multiple gunshot wounds suffered in the confrontation.

It happened in Elmendorf, a rural community of about 1,500 people southeast of San Antonio.

"On even a quiet, peaceful day in south Texas, in a small town, it can turn deadly in an instant," said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.

She added: "It reinforces the dangers that our law enforcement officers face every single day."

Mr Pimentel was taken by air ambulance to a San Antonio hospital where he died a short time later.

A 24-year-old man, Joshua Manuel Lopez, has been arrested and charged with the murder of a police officer.

His car was stopped because he was wanted on a misdemeanour warrant for graffiti, said Ms Pamerleau.

Mr Pimentel was in his 60s and had served as Elmendorf police chief for about a year and a half.

He was head of a small department that included a sergeant, two officers and several volunteers.