Police officer, suspect dead after North Texas park shootout

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Posted: Mar 02, 2016 12:42 AM

EULESS, Texas (AP) — A 29-year-old police officer died after he was shot in a Tuesday afternoon gunfight with an armed suspect in a park near a Dallas-area school, police said.

Euless Police Chief Mike Brown said Officer David Hofer, who previously worked for the New York Police Department, died during surgery. The suspect was also killed.

Brown said Hofer was one of the officers who responded to a report of shots fired around 3 p.m. Tuesday near J.A. Carr Park, which is in a residential area near an elementary school.

"Upon arrival, officers encountered a suspect with an unknown weapon," Brown said. "The suspect immediately fired upon officers, striking one of them. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect."

The suspect, who was not immediately identified, died of multiple gunshot wounds, the chief said.

Two nearby schools were placed on lockdown until the situation was resolved.

Hofer served in the NYPD for five years before coming to Euless in 2014, Brown said. He was a 2008 graduate of New York University.

The New York Post reported Hofer, the son of European immigrants, formerly worked in the 9th Precinct on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

"He was wonderful child, a wonderful police officer," his mother, Sofija Hofer, told the newspaper.

"He was working this very difficult precinct, so he had a lot of traumatic experiences. . He decided to go to a safer place."

His fiancée was out of town at the time and needed to be called home and given the news, the Post reported.

Sofija Hofer said her son wanted to write a book about his experience with the NYPD.

"I thought he might be a scientist, like his father, but he always wanted to be a policeman, ever since he was a little boy," she said.

David Hofer is the second officer to die in the line of duty in Euless, a suburb of more than 53,000 residents about 17 miles west of Dallas and 15 miles east of Fort Worth. The other officer was Michael Williamson, who was killed by a drunken driver in 1982, according to the city website.