Man charged in Texas police chief’s slaying

Joshua Manuel Lopez

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A sheriff’s spokeswoman says a 24-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a small-town Texas police chief.

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

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

Hughes says investigators are looking into Lopez’s background.

Lopez remained in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center on a $1 million bond Sunday. Information about whether he has an attorney was unavailable.

Elmendorf has around 1,500 residents and is about 25 miles southeast of San Antonio.