Texas Officer Killed, Another Wounded by Gunman

Killeen SWAT Officer Robert Hornsby was fatally shot and Officer Juan E. Obregon Jr. was wounded.


A Killeen, Texas police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Saturday after a gunman opened fire on them with an AK-47.

Officer Robert Hornsby, 32, was killed and Officer Juan E. Obregon Jr., 33, is in stable condition after they responded to a disturbance call around 11:40 p.m. at the Grandon Manor Apartments, according to a department news release.

Hornsby, a four-year veteran of the department assigned to the Tactical Response Unit, succumbed to his injuries early Sunday morning. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

Officer Obregon, a 10-year veteran assigned to the Tactical Response Unit, sustained a wound to his leg and is expected to recover.

Upon arrival at the apartment complex, the officers found the man inside his apartment holding the rifle in a threatening manner. The SWAT team was deployed and the suspect fired one shot. As the officers attempted to take him into custody, he began shooting at them, wounding Hornsby and Obregon.

Officers returned fire, killing the suspect.

"The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of a great officer. Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer's family during this difficult time," Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said in a statement.

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation for Officer Robert Hornsby will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center located at 3601 S. WS Young Dr.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the conference center and the burial will follow at the Killeen City Cemetery.

Officer.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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