AUSTIN, TEXAS: Jorge Pastore, an Austin SWAT police officer, was killed in an early morning shooting Nov. 11 that left three other officers dead and another officer injured. The shooter is believed to be among the dead, according to the Daily Mail.
In a post in memory of Pastore, Austin Police Department Acting Chief Robin Henderson said Pastore joined the department in 2019 as a cadet and graduated in January 2020. He also served in the Honor Guard and SWAT Gold Team.
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“My heart is heavy today. Please help me and our APD family honor SPO Jorge Pastore for his courageous and heroic actions. Sir, we will take it from here. Thank you for all prayers and thoughts. Continue to keep the Pastore family and our injured second officer in your prayers,” the caption read.
My heart is heavy today. Please help me and our APD family honor SPO Jorge Pastore for his courageous and heroic actions. Sir, we will proceed from here.
Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts. Continue to keep the Pastore family and our injured second officer in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/237uLZixS4
– Acting Police Chief Robin Henderson (@Chief_Henderson) November 11, 2023
Pastore is survived by his wife, two stepsons, his parents and two sisters.
The standoff of November 11
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Henderson told reporters at a news conference that authorities were called to a home in Austin before 3 a.m. on the day of the incident by a woman screaming that she was being stabbed. When responding officers attempted to go inside, they were met with gunfire.
“At 3:06 a.m., because the suspect was armed and barricaded inside a residence and had two hostages, SWAT was called. At approximately 4:11 a.m., SWAT officers arrived on scene and forced entering the residence a second time to rescue the victims.”
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“SWAT officers arrived on scene and forced entry into the residence…to rescue the victims,” Henderson continued.
“When the SWAT officers entered, the suspect immediately fired his weapon at the officers and the SWAT officers returned fire.”
The shots hit two police officers and the suspect, the latter dying instantly. The officers were hospitalized, Pastore died while the other remained stable.
“Two apparent victims of the suspect were found inside the residence and were fatally injured,” Henderson added.
Officers remember Jorge Pastore as a ‘true hero’
Dennis Farris, a former Austin police officer and president of the Austin Police Retired Officers Association, was quoted as saying, “His whole career, his whole life was ahead of him. Our situation is really worse today because he is no longer with us. Austin has lost a true hero.
Former Austin police officer and union president Ken Casaday said, “He was just a great person who loved being a police officer. Everything about him was being a police officer and you could always count on him. He was always smiling, always happy and always proud to wear the uniform.”
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